Derrick A. J. Wilson rescued Dale A. Wilson from burning, Rosedale, Alberta, June 19, 1989. Restrained by his seat belt, Wilson, 49, hanged upside down in his crop-dusting airplane after it crashed in a field, overturned, and caught fire. His nephew, Derrick, 18, farmer, saw the crash and immediately ran to the scene. Kneeling beside the plane, Derrick extended his upper body into the burning cockpit and patted out the flames on Wilson’s clothing. He then released Wilson’s seat belt and, lowering him, pulled him out of the plane and dragged him a safe distance away moments before the plane was engulfed by flame. Wilson was hospitalized six weeks for first-, second-, and third-degree burns to his hands, arms, and face and other injuries. Derrick sustained a second-degree burn to his right thumb, and he recovered.
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