Claribel Moore, 42, rescued Ella Sussdorf, 39 from burning, Rushville, Indiana, January 26, 1929. Miss Sussdorf was riding in an automobile when it ran into an abutment of a culvert, turned over, and caught fire. Miss Moore in darkness ran 200 feet to the automobile. On the outside there was fire except for a small area around one of the doors, and the inside of the automobile was burning. Realizing that she herself would be burned, Miss Moore opened a door, extended both arms within, grasped Miss Sussdorf, and with the utmost exertion pulled her out of the automobile. Miss Moore sat astride Miss Sussdorf, whose coat was burning, and beat at the fire with a rug. As she was thus engaged, Miss Sussdorf clasped Miss Moore tightly around the waist with both arms; but Miss Moore wrenched herself free and beat out the remaining fire. Miss Sussdorf was seriously burned but lived. Miss Moore sustained first- and second-degree burns on her hands and on one of her arms, and her face and hair were scorched.
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