Douglas E. Saylor rescued Catherine M. and Jordan P. Clarke from burning, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1995. Ms. Clarke, 25, and her son Jordan, 3, were trapped inside their car after a highway accident in which the car caught fire. Another motorist, Saylor, 38, truck driver, witnessed the accident and, with others, responded to the scene and fought the flames with fire extinguishers. Seeing Ms. Clarke inside the car but finding her door jammed, Saylor broke out the door’s window with a fire extinguisher. He assisted Ms. Clarke through the window, then, after repeated attempts because of intense heat, extended his upper body inside the car for Jordan. Unable to free Jordan from his carseat, Saylor withdrew from the car for a knife. He re-entered and cut the seat’s straps, then grasped Jordan and pulled him from the car. Flames on the car intensified. Ms. Clarke and Jordan received hospital treatment for their injuries, including minor burns. Saylor also sustained minor burns, from which he recovered.
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