Joseph Len Camacho rescued a boy from burning, Eureka, California, July 10, 1994. A 12-year-old boy was unconscious in the back seat of his family’s burning automobile following a traffic accident. Issuing from the rear of the car, flames spread to its interior, covering part of the back seat and ceiling. Camacho, 41, auto body repairman, responded to the scene immediately from his nearby home. He entered the car partially through its passenger door and seized the boy but was unable to free him. Another man then entered the car in a rescue attempt but was likewise unsuccessful. In a subsequent re-entry, Camacho pulled on the boy and freed him. The boy was severely burned and required extensive hospitalization. Camacho was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation, and he recovered.
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