Mark Hill McInnis rescued Dalton J. Olinde from burning, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 16, 1994. Olinde, 58, was a passenger in a dump truck that had, in a highway accident, overturned in a creek bed and caught fire. He was trapped in the wreckage. A motorist, McInnis, 32, registered nurse, arrived at the scene after the accident and saw smoke issuing from the truck. He climbed from the highway down to the creek bed and approached the truck, which was supporting flames on one of its fuel tanks. McInnis grasped Olinde, who lay partially out of the cab through the window of its passenger door, and attempted to remove him from the truck. Realizing that Olinde was caught in the wreckage, McInnis leaned into the cab to free him. Fuel leaking from one of the truck’s tanks fell onto the men. McInnis exited the cab, grasped Olinde by the arms, and pulled him from the truck moments before the cab became engulfed in flame. Olinde was hospitalized for treatment of burns and serious injuries. McInnis received hospital treatment for smoke inhalation, and he recovered.
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