Joseph Johnson saved Joshua N. Woosley from burning, Morgantown, Kentucky, March 6, 2006. Woosley, 20, was the passenger in a pickup truck that, in a highway accident, left the roadway, struck two trees, and broke into flames at its front end. The driver was killed in the collision, and Woosley, severely injured, remained in the front passenger seat. At a house near the scene, Johnson, 41, disabled mechanic, heard the accident and responded. Despite high flames issuing from the engine area of the vehicle, Johnson approached the passenger door and opened it, with difficulty. He leaned inside the cab at least twice but had to exit due to intense heat. Again leaning inside, he grasped Woosley, then lifted him from the vehicle and set him on the ground. Taking Woosley by the arms, Johnson dragged him to safety. Flames soon consumed the truck. Woosley required hospitalization for treatment of his injuries, but he was not burned. Johnson experienced soreness in his back for a few days, and he recovered.
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