Christopher J. Meier helped to save Audrey J. Holland and others from burning, Tilleda, Wisconsin, July 2, 1990. Mrs. Holland, 57, was one of seven persons in a motor home that, in an accident at night, left the highway, turned onto its side, and caught fire. She lay trapped by debris at about mid-point in the 23-foot vehicle. Approaching the scene in his vehicle, Christopher, 17, delivery man, saw the burning motor home and stopped. He ran to it and helped to remove a few of its occupants, including its driver, who was pinned by wreckage, before learning that Mrs. Holland was inside. As flames grew in the front end of the vehicle and began to spread to the rear, Christopher entered through the broken-out windshield and made his way back to Mrs. Holland. He removed the debris from her and pulled her to a window at the rear of the motor home. Exiting via the window, he attempted to pull Mrs. Holland out, but she slipped from his grasp and fell back inside. Christopher immediately re-entered the vehicle through that window and pushed Mrs. Holland out to two other men who had arrived by then. They carried her to safety. Christopher then exited through the window, flames engulfing the vehicle in less than a minute. Mrs. Holland was hospitalized four days for treatment of her injuries, and she recovered. Christopher sustained smoke inhalation, and he too recovered.
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