Jack M. Harrison, 15, farmhand, saved Franklin D. Wright, 29, farmer, from being killed by a disk harrow, Qulin, Missouri, May 8, 1966. Wright was riding a farm tractor on a concrete highway, pulling a disk harrow which had arms 12 feet long with 44 steel disks 18 inches in diameter and six inches apart. An automobile approached from behind and swerved around the tractor, striking the corner of the harrow. Wright fell to the pavement between the tractor and the harrow where he grasped the drawbar and, although badly injured, held to it as the tractor dragged him along the highway. Harrison saw the situation and feared that Wright would be killed if run over by the harrow. Harrison ran 30 feet and, as the tractor passed him at 10 to 12 m.p.h., quickly stepped into a space of four and a half feet between the rear wheel of the tractor and the nearest disk of the harrow. He seized the tractor’s seat with both hands and stepped onto the tongue of the harrow. Throwing one leg over the seat, he held to the steering wheel and pulled a lever which disengaged the clutch and activated the brake. The tractor stopped after having dragged Wright 180 feet. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
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