Anthony D. Ambrosio saved Leslie J. Wissner from burning, Smithtown, New York, August 11, 1989. Miss Wissner, 24, was the driver of a car that, at night, struck a utility pole, then overturned. Live electrical lines from the pole sagged near and contacted the car, and Miss Wissner and a passenger, both injured and hanging upside down from their seats, called for help. Ambrosio, 20, college student, and a friend drove upon the scene, observed the overturned car, and stopped. Ambrosio approached the car, reached inside, and seized the passenger, but he received an electrical shock. When fire erupted on the exposed undercarriage of the car, Ambrosio’s friend removed the passenger, and, despite the possibility of additional shocks, Ambrosio reached inside, grasped Miss Wissner, and pulled her out through the open window of the passenger door. Miss Wissner required hospital treatment for injuries received in the accident, and she recovered.
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