Jeffrey R. LeBlanc saved Michael D. Caprarella and Leeanna M. Cormier from burning, York, Maine, August 30, 2002. Caprarella, 18, remained in the driver’s seat, and Ms. Cormier, 18, in the front passenger seat, of a car that had caught fire in its engine area after a highway accident. At his nearby house, LeBlanc, 42, carpenter, heard the crash, then, running to the scene, heard Ms. Cormier scream. Precluded from access to the driver’s door by the proximity of the flames, LeBlanc went to the rear door on the driver’s side and opened it. Partially entering the car, he pulled Caprarella into the back-seat area, then out of the car. LeBlanc re-entered the car, fully, and grasped Ms. Cormier by the arms. He pulled her into the back-seat area, then from the car, and moved her farther away. The car was shortly engulfed by flames and was destroyed. Caprarella and Ms. Cormier required hospital treatment for their injuries, but neither was burned.
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