Ernest Lee Krueger helped to save Anne E. Veler from burning, Leavenworth, Washington, October 26, 1985. Anne, 2, was strapped into a child’s safety seat in a subcompact car, the front end of which was enveloped by flames after a fatal accident involving another car, which also was aflame. Krueger, 36, contractor, traveling nearby with his brother, stopped at the scene. Unable to open the subcompact’s doors because of the flames, Krueger and his brother pulled the car away from the other one. After the brother threw a rock through the rear passenger window, the men were able to unlock and open the passenger door. With flames entering the car, Krueger used his pocketknife to cut Anne free of her safety seat. Aided by his brother, he pulled Anne from the car moments before its fuel tank exploded. Anne recovered from a head injury.
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