Chad Spencer Boone saved Patricia A. Sisson from burning, Covington, Virginia, November 25, 1999. Ms. Sisson, 52, remained inside her car after it left the roadway and lay overturned on its passenger side at the bottom of a ravine. A passenger in another car, Boone, 28, operations manager, witnessed the accident. He ran to the edge of the ravine, where he saw small flames issuing from the underside of Ms. Sisson’s car. After Ms. Sisson called out, Boone climbed to the bottom of the ravine. He stood beside the car’s roof, peered over into the rear window on its driver’s side, and saw Ms. Sisson in the back-seat area. Boone reached up to open the rear door on that side of the car, but it was jammed shut. He then climbed atop the car and, despite a sudden increase in flames, reached through the rear window, which was missing, grasped Ms. Sisson about the arms, and pulled her out. Boone then helped Ms. Sisson off the car and up the embankment to the top of the ravine. The car was engulfed by flames within minutes. Ms. Sisson was taken to the hospital for treatment, and Boone sustained a cut to his left leg, from which he recovered.
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