Kevin P. La Barr helped to save Melinda D. Peterson from burning, Bloomington, Indiana, September 8, 1984. Miss Peterson, 20, was the passenger in a car that, during a highway accident at night, left the road, overturned, and came to rest against a utility pole. Driving on the same highway, La Barr, 20, automobile salesman, saw the car and heard cries for help. He joined a resident of the area in attempting to put out flames on the vehicle with fire extinguishers while another man freed the car’s driver. La Barr and the other man then crouched, leaned under the front of the car as flames were spreading on it, and pulled Miss Peterson, who was unconscious, from her position in a ditch beneath the car. They carried her away. Shortly afterward, the car exploded and was engulfed in flames. Miss Peterson was hospitalized for her injuries, and she recovered.
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