James K. Monroe rescued Henry L. Cannon from burning, Breezewood, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1972. When a sedan driven by Cannon, 46, taxi driver, was involved in an accident, flames broke out inside the vehicle and on fuel spilled beneath it. Monroe, 42, apartment house manager, ran to the sedan. It was filled with smoke in which flames could be seen. Intense heat forced Monroe to retreat despite a blanket over his head. The tires began exploding. Monroe moved to the driver’s door and reached through the open window. He grasped Cannon and pulled him partway out of the sedan. After again retreating briefly because of the heat, Monroe removed Cannon from the automobile, sustaining minor burns to his hands. Monroe used the blanket to smother the flames on Cannon, who later died of his burns.
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