Joshua Shuki Josef helped attempt to save Frederick L. Person from burning, Dallas, Texas, January 14, 2003. Person, 27, was unconscious and trapped inside his burning car after an interstate highway accident at night. Another motorist, Josef, 38, hairdresser, stopped at the scene and responded to the driver’s side of the car, which had come to rest in the inside lane and from which flames issued in the engine area. Two other men who had responded were there and informed him that they had attempted a rescue but could not remove Person’s safety belt. Josef entered the car through the opened driver’s door and likewise was unable to remove the belt. He returned to his car for pliers then re-entered the burning car but again was not successful. Josef exited the vehicle to call for scissors then resumed working on Person’s safety belt, the two other men standing behind him. A car traveling at an extremely high rate of speed approached the scene and passed the burning car on its driver’s side, striking the three rescuers. Severely injured in his left leg, Josef made it to the safety of the shoulder, but the two other men were thrown 150 feet. They died of their injuries. Josef required two weeks’ hospitalization for treatment of his injuries.
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