Marc Rivest helped to rescue Roland P. Robert from burning, Tecumseh, Ontario, August 13, 1998. Flying a helicopter, Robert, 35, was applying insecticide to a field when the helicopter crashed to the ground and caught fire. Trapped in the wreckage of the cockpit, he shouted for help. Rivest, 36, business operator, and another man witnessed the accident from their vehicle on a road adjacent to the field. They drove closer to the scene, then ran to the wreckage. Despite flames six feet high issuing from the area of the helicopter’s engine and fuel tanks, Rivest freed Robert’s feet and legs from the wreckage while the other man held his upper body. Rivest and the other man then grasped Robert about the shoulders, pulled him from the helicopter, and dragged him away. Within moments, an explosion in the wreckage engulfed much of it with flames. Robert sustained only a minor burn but required extensive hospitalization for significant other injury.
72992 – 832772992-8327