James W. Brown, Sr., saved Thomas P. Glanton from an impending explosion, Culloden, Georgia, August 6, 1968. When the automobile in which he was riding was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, Glanton, 28, industrial development manager, was injured and lost consciousness. Brown, 48, truckdriver, ran to the automobile, the front end of which was pinned under the trailer. Flames had broken out at the engine and were spreading. Using a crowbar, Brown succeeded in opening the automobile’s door part way, and it then provided a shield from flames on the front of the vehicle and on the trailer. Gasoline spilled on the highway had caught fire, and flames spread toward Brown’s feet as he extended his upper body into the automobile and attempted to lift Glanton, whose legs were pinned. Heat and flames increased while Brown was freeing one of Glanton’s legs. To avoid further delay, Brown then forcibly pulled Glanton through the door opening. Minutes later the automobile’s fuel tank exploded. Glanton was hospitalized and recovered.
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