Daniel Lloyd Cline helped to save Elizabeth L. Wetherington from burning, Central Point, Oregon, March 18, 2002. Ms. Wetherington, 41, remained in the cab of her pickup truck after an accident in which the truck left the roadway, came to rest on its driver’s side, and caught fire at its front end and along its exposed underside. Approaching on the same road, Cline, 21, contractor, saw flames, then stopped at the scene, as did another man. While Cline called for emergency assistance, the other man stepped into the bed of the truck, broke out its rear window, and reached inside for Ms. Wetherington. She was caught in the wreckage, and after repeated attempts to free her, the other man left to obtain a garden hose from a nearby residence. Cline then approached the pickup and reached through the back window from the bed. He too was unsuccessful in freeing Ms. Wetherington, and he withdrew from the vehicle for relief from the intense heat. On a subsequent attempt, Cline pulled Ms. Wetherington by the arm and freed her, then removed her through the window to safety. The other man returned to the truck and assisted Cline and others in moving her farther away. Ms. Wetherington was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for injuries sustained in the accident. She was not burned.
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