Ingo G. Hiller, 25, foundryman, saved Laura P. Adams and Myrna K. Klingensmith, 19 and 23, respectively, from burning, Phoenix, Arizona, January 8, 1966. At night a convertible coupe containing Miss Adams and Miss Klingensmith struck a metal pole at an intersection, badly damaging the front of the vehicle and severely injuring both occupants. Flames broke out at the front end above the fuel tank. Hiller ran to the door at the driver’s side and forced it open. He removed Miss Adams and then returned to the coupe, where the flames had spread over the entire front end. Other motorists stopped, but no one offered to assist Hiller. At the open door of the coupe within three and a half feet of flames eight to ten feet high, Hiller sat on the seat and probed in the dense smoke until he located Miss Klingensmith, whose feet were caught under the dashboard. Flames appeared inside the coupe, and heat became intense. The flames singed Hiller’s hair as he freed Miss Klingensmith’s feet and removed her from the automobile. They were 10 feet from the coupe when the flames suddenly spread over the vehicle’s canvas top and filled the interior, while those over the front end increased to 12 feet in height. Miss Adams died from her injuries. Miss Klingensmith recovered.
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