Bradley A. Bowman helped to save Cynthia L. Brady from burning, Dallas, Texas, February 7, 2012. Unconscious, Brady, 60, remained in the driver’s seat of her automobile after a highway accident in which the car struck a pickup truck from behind. The pickup burst into flame and came to rest partially atop the hood of Brady’s car. Bowman, 35, security officer, was at work nearby and witnessed the accident. He responded to the scene and approached the driver’s side of the car, despite flames 15 feet high that engulfed the pickup. Although Bowman could open the driver’s door, flames rolling across the windshield of the car and intense heat thwarted his attempt to reach Brady. After another unsuccessful attempt, Bowman went to the passenger side of the car and tried to open the front door, but it was locked. He then kicked the window of the door repeatedly until it broke out. Bowman leaned into the car, which was filled with smoke, grasped Brady, and pulled her to the passenger side. Two other men joined him, and among them they pulled Brady from the car, through the window, and carried her to safety. Flames engulfed the car moments later. Brady was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, and Bowman was treated at the scene for a cut and minor burns. He recovered.
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