F. Colin Atkinson saved Arman Larocque and three others from burning, Lanigan, Saskatchewan, December 21, 1968. At night a pickup truck collided head-on with a two door sedan drived by Larocque, 27, miner, and containing his wife and two children. All sustained injuries. Fire broke out at the engine of the sedan, with flames rising to above the windshield. Atkinson, 40, refrigerator mechanic, ran to the sedan and succeeded in opening the door of the passenger side. He did not notice Mrs. Larocque and her daughter, who were unconscious and had been thrown under the dashboard. Atkinson removed Larocque, and in doing so sustained minor burns from flames which had appeared inside the automobile. He took Larocque to the side of the road and put out flames on his trousers. Learning that the others were still in the sedan, Atkinson ran back to the automobile. The flames increased as, on separate trips, he removed Larocque’s son, wife, and daughter. Soon afterward the spreading flames enveloped the sedan. The daughter died of her injuries, but Larocque and the others recovered.
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