Kevin James Crowley saved Garrett M. Bowers and Lawrence W. Ashman from burning, Mount Vernon, Ohio, January 17, 2004. Garrett, 17, remained in the driver’s seat, and Lawrence, 17, in the front passenger seat, of a car that caught fire at its rear end in a highway accident. Crowley, 47, charity director, was the passenger in the other car involved in the accident. After securing the safety of that car’s driver, Crowley responded to the driver’s side of the burning car, despite his having sustained a head wound in the accident that was bleeding. He opened the door, released Garrett’s safety belt, and removed him from the car, in which flames had spread to the back seat. After moving Garrett to safety, Crowley went to the front passenger door of the car but found it locked. He broke out the door’s window, reached in, and opened the door. Leaning into the car, Crowley released Lawrence’s safety belt, then grasped Lawrence, who was unconscious, and pulled him from the car. He dragged Lawrence to safety less than a minute before flames engulfed the car. Garrett and Lawrence, whose hair was singed, required hospital treatment for injuries sustained in the accident. Crowley also was treated at the hospital, for his head wound. All recovered.
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