Dalton Lewand helped to save John D. Cameron from burning, Tallahassee, Florida, July 5, 2008. Cameron, 73, was the driver of a hatchback automobile that was broadsided in an intersection. The force of the impact caused the car’s fuel tank to rupture, and the car burst into flame at its rear, with flames then spreading through the car’s interior. Nearby, Lewand, 34, assistant chief engineer, witnessed the accident. He immediately responded to the driver’s side of the burning car, opened the driver’s door, and unfastened John’s safety belt. Joined by another man who witnessed the accident and who helped to save Cameron’s wife, Lewand reached into the car, grasped Cameron, who was dazed, and pulled him from the vehicle. They took him to safety as flames in the interior of the car were reaching the front seats. When firefighters arrived within minutes, the car was engulfed by flames. Cameron and his wife required hospital treatment for their injuries, but they were not burned.
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