James L. Scarborough, 52 high school guidance counsellor, saved Dwight R. McCullough and John R. MacDonell, 19 and 18, respectively, students, from burning, St. Mary’s, Georgia, January 16, 1966. In a head on collision, McCullough, MacDonell, and another student in a four-door sedan were injured and knocked unconscious, as was the driver of the other automobile. Fire broke out on the right side of the sedan. Scarborough ran to the left front door but was able to open it only fifteen inches. He reached into the front seat section, pulled McCullough from the sedan, and dragged him away. Flames covered the right side of the Sedan and rose five to six feet above the roof. Scarborough returned to the door, extended his upper body into the front compartment, and grasped MacDonell. He then noticed the other student, who was lying inert at the right side of the rear seat. Backing out, Scarborough pulled MacDonell through the narrow door opening and then dragged him away from the automobile. Two men arrived. Scarborough started back to the sedan. By then conditions were severe, flames having spread over the rear of the sedan and having penetrated the interior of the rear seat section. Scarborough and the two men ran to the other automobile but found its doors wedged shut. Fireman arrived and put out the flames. They removed the third student, who was dead, and the other driver, who recovered. McCullough and MacDonell were removed to a hospital, but the latter was dead. McCullough recovered.
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