J. Gordon Stevens helped to rescue Alexander C. McKay from burning, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, February 24, 1988. Following a fatal, three-car highway accident at night, McKay, 33, sat dazed in the driver’s seat of one of the cars, all of which caught fire. Stevens, 26, steam engineer, arrived on the scene moments after the accident and went to McKay’s car. Despite flames entering the car through its broken windshield, and intense heat, Stevens attempted to open the driver’s door, but it was jammed. After a struggle, he pulled open the door and leaned inside the car, where he grasped McKay about the shoulders. He pulled McKay headfirst most of the way out of the car, then was aided by others in removing McKay and carrying him to safety. The car was shortly engulfed in flame. McKay was hospitalized 10 days for first-, second-, and third-degree burns.
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