Charles E. Norman helped to save Matthew J. McKeon from burning, Colton, New York, November 6, 2002. McKeon, 30, was driver of a tractor-trailer that caught fire after a highway accident involving a dump truck. He stepped from the tractor and fell to the pavement as fuel from the overturned trailer’s load of 8,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel escaped to the highway, then to the lot of an adjacent convenience store. Other motorists stopped at the scene, including Norman, 59, equipment operator, who witnessed the accident. Norman ran to the tractor, despite flames on it and on the pavement nearby, then seized McKeon by his collar and dragged him to the shoulder of the highway. He was aided in taking McKeon farther to safety, flames spreading to engulf and destroy the tractor-trailer, the dump truck, and another vehicle that was parked nearby. McKeon required hospital treatment for his injuries.
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