Florence A. Korgan, 44, waitress, saved Walter R. Barrett, 32, telephone repairman, from burning, Sanford, Florida, November 4, 1965. The service van which Barrett was driving was struck from behind by another vehicle. It somersaulted to an overturned position at the edge of the roadway and caught fire. Barrett, uninjured but badly dazed, was suspended head downward by his safety belt and made no effort to get out as flames spread over the fuel tank. Mrs. Korgan ran to the van and opened the door at the driver’s side. Reaching into the cab, she grasped Barrett by the shoulders and shouted to him to get out. The flames then were spreading on the wooden flooring toward the cab section, which had no partition between it and the rear compartment. Barrett released his safety belt, and Mrs. Korgan aided him to his feet. She aided Barrett, who still was dazed, from the cab and led him away from the burning van. Firemen arrived and extinguished the flames.
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