Margareta E. Dilley helped to save Wendy S. Roberts from burning, Skykomish, Washington, March 14, 1998. Ms. Roberts, 52, was trapped inside the sport utility vehicle she had been driving after the vehicle left the roadway, went down an embankment, and, overturned, broke into flame. Ms. Dilley, 48, nuclear medicine technologist, was a passenger in another vehicle, which then stopped at the scene. She and her husband immediately responded to Ms. Roberts’s vehicle, which supported flames from its engine compartment and from which gasoline was pouring from the filler opening on the driver’s side. Ms. Dilley’s husband opened the driver’s door and cut Ms. Roberts’s safety belt, and Ms. Roberts dropped to the ceiling of the vehicle. Ms. Dilley and her husband then reached into the vehicle, grasped Ms. Roberts, and pulled her out. They dragged her away from the vehicle moments before a major eruption of flame at the vehicle that then engulfed it. Ms. Roberts was treated at the hospital for lacerations and bruises, from which she recovered.
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