Brian Patrick Lalemand saved Dorothy A. Trask from burning, Augusta, Maine, March 2, 2002. Dazed, Ms. Trask, 59, remained inside her sport utility vehicle following an accident in which the vehicle left the roadway and overturned onto its passenger side. Other motorists, including Lalemand, 40, forklift operator, stopped at the scene. Smoke, then flames, issued from the vehicle’s engine. Lalemand climbed atop the vehicle and opened the driver’s door. Partially entering the vehicle, he supported Ms. Trask as he released her safety belt. He then pulled her from the vehicle and lowered her to others. Growing flames at the front of the vehicle by then were issuing from the wheel well, and they soon spread to the inside of the vehicle. Lalemand descended to the ground, then helped to carry Ms. Trask away. Flames shortly engulfed the vehicle and destroyed it. Ms. Trask received hospital treatment for minor injury, and Lalemand sustained muscle soreness. They recovered.
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