Mark Samuel Dawson helped to rescue Ronald B. Thompkins from burning, Round O, South Carolina, September 17, 2011. Semiconscious, Thompkins, 35, lay inside his burning car after a nighttime accident in which the vehicle left the highway, overturned onto its driver’s side, and caught fire at its front end. A passing motorist, Dawson, 37, mechanic, stopped at the scene. Another man, who had broken out the glass of the vehicle’s sunroof and pulled Thompkins partially out, called for help. Despite flames by then entering the passenger compartment of the vehicle, Dawson approached, grasped Thompkins, who was aflame, and with the other man pulled him the rest of the way from the vehicle. They dragged him to safety as flames grew to engulf the car, destroying it. Thompkins required hospitalization for treatment of burns and other injuries.
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