Dale Joseph Furlotte helped to rescue Bernard J. LeBlanc from burning, Bathurst, New Brunswick, July 30, 1985. After a highway accident, LeBlanc, 27, was pinned, unconscious, in the driver’s seat of his car. Furlotte, 31, mechanic, witnessed the accident, then went to LeBlanc’s car and attempted to remove him. Two other men arrived and together they pulled the driver’s door partially open. Furlotte leaned into the car and was pulling LeBlanc out when the car’s fuel tank exploded, engulfing the car in flames. Furlotte and LeBlanc were thrown out of the car, and the other men were knocked down. Furlotte and the other men returned to the car, grabbed LeBlanc, who was aflame, and pulled him away; they then extinguished his flames. LeBlanc suffered third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body and required extensive hospitalization. Furlotte sustained lesser burns to an eye and finger, and he recovered.
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