Cody L. Clemmons helped to rescue Lisa K. Bowdoin from burning, Waco, Texas, March 25, 2009. Bowdoin, 34, was the driver of a sport utility vehicle that in a two-vehicle highway accident left the roadway, overturned onto its roof, and started to burn at its front end. Unable to release her safety belt, she was trapped inside the wreckage. Clemmons, 44, business operator, drove upon the scene and stopped. Informed that Bowdoin was trapped, he obtained a knife, partially entered the vehicle through a window on its passenger side, and gave the knife to Bowdoin, who freed herself of the belt. Despite a rush of flames then occurring at the vehicle, Clemmons grasped Bowdoin, who outweighed him, by the hands and pulled her out, others then helping to take her to safety. Flames grew to engulf the vehicle shortly, and they spread to the other vehicle, nearby, that was involved in the accident. Bowdoin was hospitalized for treatment of her injuries, which included burns. Clemmons also received hospital treatment, for minor injury, and he recovered.
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