Gordon J. Giesbrecht rescued Ronnie J. Rick from burning, Prespatou, British Columbia, August 22, 1984. Hick, 36, was trapped in his seat after the plane in which he and his wife were flying crashed near a remote airstrip. Giesbrecht, 18, farm hand, who had seen the crash, ran to the plane and aided Hick’s wife to safety as flames broke out and fed on the plane’s fuselage and overhead wing. Hick, whose foot was caught, called for help. Despite the flames and intense heat, Giesbrecht returned to the plane, extended his upper body into the cabin, and pulled Hick free. He dragged Hick from the plane shortly before flames increased greatly, engulfing the plane. Hick and his wife were hospitalized for broken bones and burns.
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