Jose Marquez rescued Matthew J. Williams from burning, Tucson, Arizona, April 8, 1995. Matthew, 7, was inside an automobile that was struck from behind by a speeding car in a multiple-vehicle accident that resulted in a fatality. Flames erupted on the car and spread to the inside. The driver of one of the other vehicles involved in the accident, Marquez, 47, network technician, exited his car and responded to the burning one, where he saw Matthew on the front seat. Marquez leaned through the driver’s window into the car, grasped Matthew, and pulled him out. Marquez’s hair and clothing caught fire in the rescue and, after releasing Matthew, he extinguished the flames on himself. Matthew required hospital treatment for burns, from which he recovered. Marquez sustained burns, including third-degree, over 35 percent of his body that required two hospital stays.
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