Lawrence H. Schacht saved Randall S. and Jakelyn C. VanEtten from burning, Luckey, Ohio, March 6, 1993. VanEtten, 37, and his daughter Jakelyn, 12, were in the cab of their pickup truck, which broke into flame during a highway accident. Schacht, 56, store manager, heard the accident from his house and ran to the truck. Since both of the truck’s doors were jammed, Schacht climbed onto its hood, where, despite flames blowing into and around the cab, he kicked a hole in the windshield. Schacht then reached into the cab, grasped Jakelyn, and pulled her through the windshield to safety. Extending his body to his waist into the cab, Schacht attempted to remove VanEtten before realizing that VanEtten still wore his safety belt. After releasing the belt, Schacht pulled VanEtten through the windshield onto the hood and helped to drag him away. The cab was shortly engulfed in flames. VanEtten and Jakelyn both required hospital treatment for their injuries. Schacht severed a tendon in his left wrist and sustained other lacerations, which required sutures. He recovered.
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