Edmund E. Engel, 48, farmer, helped to save Benjamin Batke, 32, railroad office clerk, from burning, Clyde, Alberta., August 30, 1968. When his four-door sedan was involved in a collision, Batke, was injured and knocked unconscious. He was thrown partly onto the floor and pinned by the front seat, which had been forced forward. Flames broke out at the rear of the sedan, as, much as 30 feet. Engel ran to the automobile, followed by Stanley I. Seskus and -R. Richard Bibby. There were no flames inside the sedan as Engel opened the door on the driver’s side, grasped Batke by the legs, and attempted without success to pull him out of the automobile. Engel then knelt on the front seat and took hold of Batke’s attire while Bibby obtained holds on his ankles. They were unable to budge him. Flames spread through the broken rear window and ignited the upholstery on the rear seat. Seskus opened the rear door, placed one knee on the floor, and reached over the back rest of the front seat to obtain a hold on Batke’s clothing. Together, the three men pulled Batke from the automobile and carried him a safe distance away. Batke recovered after hospitalization for his injuries.
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