Harry Vincent Dibble, 33, heavy equipment operator, saved James T. Adams, 23, truck driver, from burning, Fairview, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1966. A tractor-trailer driven by Adams was struck by a similar vehicle and heavily damaged. Adams was injured and lay badly dazed in the cab, which had been dislodged from the tractor and lay on its side just ahead of the chassis. One of the rig’s two fuel tanks, containing a total of 90 gallons of gasoline, was ruptured. The gasoline caught fire, and flames spread on the roadway to the cab and rose 20 feet in the air for 10 feet from the front end of the trailer. Dibble ran to near the crumpled cab, from which the windshield had fallen. Within eight feet of flames on the trailer, Dibble took hold of Adams, who was barely conscious but had started to crawl through the windshield opening. Dibble pulled him from the cab, lifted him to his feet, and aided him away from the wreckage. Another man reached them six feet from the cab and aided Dibble with Adams. They briefly ran back to near the wreckage, noting that the driver of the other rig was engulfed in flames and could not be reached. Adams recovered.
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