Jean-Louis H. Bertrand rescued Robert Simpson from burning, Kamloops, British Columbia, August 26, 1984. Simpson, 28, was driving home at night when he lost control of his small pickup truck, which flipped over, landed on its side, and caught fire. Bertrand, 32, store owner, was driving the opposite way and saw the accident. He ran to the burning truck and attempted, without success, to open its passenger door. Then, despite flames surrounding the cab and intense heat, he kicked in the windshield of the truck and reached inside for Simpson. With difficulty, he extracted Simpson, whose clothes were aflame, and dragged him to safety. After extinguishing Simpson’s clothes with his hands, Bertrand drove him to a hospital, where he received treatment for extensive third-degree burns. Bertrand recovered from lesser burns.
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