Curtis N. Herring helped to rescue Frances L. Wilson from burning, Linden, California, July 13, 1986. Mrs. Wilson, 51, was the driver of a car that, in an accident, left the highway, overturned in an adjacent field, and caught fire. Herring, 61, retired, heard the crash and went to the scene. Despite suffering a heart ailment, Herring made several attempts to pull Mrs. Wilson from her car, but she was secured by her safety belt. As flames entered the car, Herring cut the safety belt with a pocketknife and maneuvered Mrs. Wilson partway through the driver’s window. Another man helped to pull her the remaining distance out of the car and a safe distance away from it. Mrs. Wilson died several hours later. Herring, exhausted, suffered minor burns to his arms, and he recovered.
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