Gale L. Galloway helped to save Willis Jackson and Virgil R. Savoy from burning, Houston, Texas, March 21, 1980. When the small airplane they were aboard crashed into a hangar following takeoff and burst into flames at William P. Hobby Airport, Jackson, 31, and Savoy, 46, sat doubled over and unconscious in their seats near the airplane’s rear passenger door. Galloway, 50, corporation chairman, ran to the airplane, reached through the opened passenger door, and pulled Jackson from his seat. After another man helped him drag Jackson clear of the wreckage, Galloway returned to the airplane, which was quickly being consumed by 40-foot-high flames. Despite the flames, he helped the other man pull Savoy out of the airplane and drag him away. Jackson recovered from his injuries after hospitalization, but Savoy died a short time after he was freed.
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