Donald R. Shelenberger helped to save Joseph Urban and Randolph Giering from burning, New Bedford, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1972. Joseph, 17, and Giering, 18, high-school students, in separate automobiles, were injured and knocked unconscious when the two vehicles were involved in an accident. Joseph was in a sedan, which broke into flames at the rear end; and Giering was in a coupe, the engine of which caught fire. Shelenberger, 40, lathe operator, ran to the open right front door of the sedan, got to his knees on the front seat, and pulled Joseph toward the opening. A mail carrier arrived and aided Shelenberger in removing Joseph. The two men then ran to the coupe, the left door of which was open. Shelenberger entered the vehicle and pulled on Giering but found his legs were caught. The mail carrier then climbed into the coupe long enough to free Giering’s legs. Shelenberger pulled Giering halfway from the vehicle; and the mail carrier aided in removing him fully. Joseph and Giering recovered from their injuries.
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