Henry Thomas Murphy saved Curtis R. Cothran from burning, Pleasant View, Tennessee, September 6, 1981. Cothran, 22, was the passenger in a small plane that crashed in a field. Murphy, 29, mechanic, saw the crash and ran to the plane. Despite fuel leaking from one of the plane’s tanks, Murphy and another man opened the plane’s door, with difficulty. Murphy then partially entered the plane, seized Cothran, and removed him to safety moments before the plane caught fire and was engulfed in flames. Cothran recovered from his injuries.
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