Gerard Jansen helped to rescue Nancy J. Kozlovic from burning, Guelph, Ontario, June 24, 1998. Ms. Kozlovic 45, was the pilot of a small airplane that, during a landing attempt, crashed into the yard of a residence and caught fire. Unable to remove her seat belt, she was trapped in the wreckage, on which flames were spreading quickly. Working inside the residence, Jansen, 66, retired farmer, responded to the scene, where another man was attempting to remove Ms. Kozlovic. Jansen ran to the right side of the plane and, stepping beneath the wing, where the plane’s fuel tanks were located, reached through the opened door, despite flames by then inside the plane. He grasped Ms. Kozlovic by the arm and, pulling forcefully, removed her from the plane to the ground. Jansen and the other man extinguished flames on Ms. Kozlovic, who then walked away from the wreckage as the cockpit was engulfed by flame. Ms. Kozlovic was taken to the hospital, where she was detained several weeks for treatment of severe burns.
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