D. Brent Martin rescued Lillian L. Gubser from burning, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 18, 2004. Gubser, 79, was in the driver’s seat of her car after an accident in which the car struck and knocked over a fuel pump at a service station. Spilled gasoline caught fire, and flames spread underneath the car and along its driver’s side. Gubser attempted to escape through the driver’s door, but the door was blocked. Martin, 36, real estate appraiser, witnessed the accident from the station’s convenience store. Failing to see Gubser emerge from the car, he ran to its passenger side and opened the front door. Despite the growing flames, Martin partially entered the car, reached across to Gubser, and grasped her under the arms. He pulled her from the car, the interior of which shortly became aflame, and took her to safety. Gubser was hospitalized overnight for treatment of minor burns, and she recovered.
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