James Philip Snider saved Tyler J. Farrow, Matthew S. Williams, and Amy R. Stringer from burning and helped attempt to rescue Jackson H. Amos, Clarksville, Tennessee, August 28, 2011. Tyler, 17; Williams, 18; Amy, 17; and Amos, 18, remained inside the automobile in which they were traveling after the vehicle left a rural road and crashed in an adjoining field. Flames erupted in the car’s engine compartment, and dense smoke filled its interior. Snider, 50, school teacher and athletic coach, drove upon the scene and stopped. He opened the car’s rear passenger-side door, reached inside, and pulled out Tyler, who was unconscious. When Williams started to emerge from the vehicle on his own, Snider aided him to safety. Snider then fully entered the vehicle and, sitting on the back seat, dislodged Amy from the wreckage and pulled her out. With flames starting to enter the passenger compartment at the dashboard, Snider opened the rear door on the driver’s side and, calling to others at the scene for help, returned inside. He attempted to pull Amos, the driver, into the back seat, but Amos also was trapped in the wreckage, by a foot. A man who lived near the scene had responded, and he joined Snider at the car. Leaning inside, he freed Amos and then withdrew from the car and helped Snider pull him out. Tyler and Williams required hospital treatment for their injuries, but Amy and Amos died at the scene. Snider sustained minor burns and cuts, from which he recovered.
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