Daniel E. Maher, Jr., saved Eva R. Feagley from burning, Chesapeake, Virginia, September 10, 1986. Eva, 7 months old, lay in the back-seat area of a car that had turned onto its side in a highway accident and caught fire. Arriving at the scene, Maher, 33, rental yard manager, learned that Eva was still inside the car. Unable to break the car’s rear window by punching and kicking it, Maher backed up several feet, ran toward the car, and hurled himself at the window, breaking it with his shoulder and landing inside. As flames entered the car through the dashboard, Maher searched for Eva and found her, conscious and uninjured. He carried Eva through the rear window to safety, after which the car became fully engulfed in flames. Maher sustained cuts and bruises, and he recovered.
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