Frank Corica rescued Danielle R. Wilson from burning, Penfield, Ohio, April 19, 1996. Danielle, 16, was trapped in the driver’s seat of an automobile after the vehicle left the road, partially descended an embankment, and came to a stop against a tree. Due to its positioning on the face of the embankment, the car’s sides were inaccessible, its driver’s side elevated. Flames broke out in the front of the car, then spread to its interior. A passerby, Corica, 60, factory foreman, descended to the car, then mounted it and attempted to break its back window but without success. Danielle’s clothing caught fire. Corica positioned himself atop the wreckage to reach its driver’s window, then grasped Danielle and pulled her out of the car. Maneuvering themselves off the vehicle, Corica helped Danielle to safety. Danielle was severely burned and required extensive hospitalization. Corica received minor burns to his wrist and foot, and he recovered.
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