Dow M. Wilson helped to save John D. Hoyt from burning, Seligman, Arizona, October 3, 1982. Following an accident which set the exposed engine area of his police cruiser aflame, Hoyt, 28, sat injured and stunned in the driver’s seat. Wilson, 61, school teacher, climbed onto the roof of the cruiser and reached through the windshield opening to free Hoyt from his seat belt. As flames increased in the engine area and began to enter the interior of the car, Wilson, who was joined by his wife, pulled Hoyt through the windshield opening and back across the roof of the car. They dragged Hoyt to safety as flames engulfed the car and set off ammunition stored inside. Hoyt recovered from his injuries, and Wilson and his wife recovered from burns they received.
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