Michelle Foxworth rescued James F. Spann from burning, Hartford, Alabama, May 1, 1999. Spann, 35, was trapped in the driver’s seat of the car he had been operating after the car left the roadway and crashed into a mobile home, coming to rest partially inside the home. Fire broke out and spread to both the interior of the car and the mobile home. Ms. Foxworth, 24, secretary, who lived next door, heard the crash and responded to the scene. She attempted to open the car’s passenger door but found it jammed. She then obtained a hammer and broke out the car’s rear window. Mounting the trunk of the car, Ms. Foxworth partially entered the vehicle through the rear window. The car’s front seats and dashboard were in flames, and Spann had flames on his right arm and lower body. After patting out some of the flames on him, Ms. Foxworth grasped Spann and, although he greatly outweighed her, pulled him into the back seat, then through the window and onto the trunk of the car. She took Spann to the ground and helped to extinguish the flames on him, then helped move him away from the burning car. The car and the mobile home were destroyed in the accident and fire. Spann required extensive hospitalization for treatment of serious burns and a back injury. Ms. Foxworth sustained cuts, bruises, and minor burns, to her hands. She recovered.
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