Lyle Schweighardt rescued Keith F. Doepker from burning, Zealandia, Saskatchewan, August 4, 1993. Doepker, 18, was the passenger in a flatbed truck that collided with an automobile which had entered its path. After the truck came to a stop, its driver, Schweighardt, 28, fencing foreman, exited the cab, but when Doepker tried to exit, he found that the passenger door was blocked by wreckage. Flames broke out suddenly, filling the cab, and Doepker, disoriented, remained inside. Although he had suffered a broken ankle and other injuries in the accident, Schweighardt re-entered the truck through the driver’s door and, despite flames in the cab, climbed onto the bench seat. He grasped Doepker, who was aflame, and pulled him out of the cab, then rolled him on the ground and removed his burning attire. Doepker’s burns required extensive hospitalization and surgery. Schweighardt too was hospitalized and was treated for burns to his hands as well as his other injuries.
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