Karl Wahl saved David L. McCulley from burning, Lockport, Illinois, July 3, 1999. McCulley was the driver of a car that, before dawn, left the roadway, struck a culvert, and came to a rest upright in a yard. Fire erupted in the engine area. Another motorist, Wahl, 39, production manager, stopped at the scene and approached the car, which was filled with smoke. With difficulty, Wahl forced open the right rear passenger door, then leaned inside the car and pulled the back of the front passenger seat out of the way so that he could reach McCulley, who remained in the driver’s seat. Having crawled completely inside the car as flames were spreading to the dashboard, Wahl grasped McCulley, then exited the car, pulling McCulley with him. Wahl dragged McCulley away from the burning vehicle minutes before flames engulfed its interior. McCulley required extensive medical treatment for injuries received in the accident.
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