Lawrence J. Shiner rescued Sherry L. Wilda from burning, Minooka, Illinois, October 24, 1989. Mrs. Wilda, 36, was the driver of a mini-bus that overturned onto its driver’s side in a highway accident. Witnessing the accident, Shiner, 41, ironworker, immediately ran to the bus. He climbed atop the bus and struggled to open its passenger door as the rear of the bus, where its fuel tank was located, caught fire. Propping the door open with his shoulder, Shiner reached down for Mrs. Wilda, whom he then seized and pulled from the bus as flames grew. After pushing Mrs. Wilda to the highway, Shiner jumped from the bus and carried her to safety. Within seconds the bus was engulfed in flames. Mrs. Wilda required hospital treatment for first- and second-degree burns to her chest, left foot, and the right side of her body, and she recovered. Shiner recovered from a minor burn to his right thumb.
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