Brandon Cashen saved Steven Scheiber and Daniel F. M. Lawlor from effects of an airplane crash, Orlando, Florida, January 11, 2005. Scheiber, 26, and Lawlor, 33, were aboard a single-engine light airplane that crashed while attempting an emergency landing at a golf course. The plane struck electric power lines and came to rest suspended by them, its right wing touching the ground. Cashen, 26, project manager, ran to the scene from the golf course. Seeing liquid escape from the engine and not knowing the status of the power in the lines, he climbed about six feet atop the wreckage and opened the cockpit’s left door. Scheiber and Lawlor were seriously injured and unconscious, and both had their safety belts fastened. With a pocketknife that a bystander provided, Cashen cut Scheiber’s safety belt, then maneuvered him from his seat and through the open door to other men who had responded. Those men carried Scheiber to safety. With some effort, Cashen kicked Scheiber’s seat out of the way, then he cut Lawlor’s safety belt and maneuvered him to the open cockpit door. He lowered Lawlor to arriving firefighters, then climbed down from the plane. Scheiber and Lawlor were taken to the hospital, where Lawlor died later that day. Scheiber was detained for treatment of multiple injuries, from which he recovered.
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