Joel C. Clark saved Richard F. Rhone from burning, Douglasville, Georgia, July 15, 1987. Secured in a car seat, Richard, 1, was trapped in the back seat of a burning car after a highway accident. Although injured in the same accident, Clark, 26, insurance agent, ran from his car to the passenger side of the burning car and leaned through the front window in an attempt to remove Richard. Unsuccessful, Clark opened the passenger door, entered the car, and, despite nearby flames, unfastened the harness securing Richard. He then exited the car holding Richard shortly before the car was engulfed in flames. Richard was treated at the hospital for his injuries, and he recovered.
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