Clayton MacDonald rescued Lynn M. Wiley from burning, Kittery, Maine, October 8, 1999. Ms. Wiley, 31, was the driver of a car that collided with a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway. The car became wedged under the 53-foot trailer and was dragged 1,000 feet by it before the rig was stopped by its driver, MacDonald, 24. Flames broke out immediately at the car and grew. MacDonald exited the tractor and ran to the car, where he saw Ms. Wiley, screaming for help, struggling to free herself amid flames that had entered the interior of the car. Wearing gloves that he had retrieved from his truck’s cab, MacDonald reached over the hood of the car and through its windshield, which was missing. He grasped Ms. Wiley by the arms and lifted her headfirst from the car. MacDonald set Ms. Wiley on the highway to pat out flames on her attire before helping to carry her to the shoulder of the highway. Ms. Wiley required extensive hospitalization for treatment of severe burns to much of her body.
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