Bobby Ira Bradley died rescuing Steven E. Thelander from burning, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 14, 1983, Thelander, 29, whose clothing was soaked with oil, caught fire while working on an oil well repair rig which burst into flames. Working nearby, Bradley, 30, oil well repairman, also soaked with oil, ran to Thelander, and as he removed Thelander’s boots and trousers, Bradley too caught fire. Thelander then smothered the flames on himself; he required extensive hospitalization for second- and third-degree burns he sustained to 67 percent of his body. Bradley burned to death.
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