Nicanor Lopez saved Donald S. Abelio from burning, Boca Grande, Florida, May 17, 1975. In an accident at a marina, a station wagon knocked over a gasoline pump; and the gushing fuel caught fire with flames burning beneath and along one side of the automobile, in which Abelio, 60, sat in a stunned condition. Lopez, 56, charter fisherman, ran into a breezeway, the end of which was blocked by the station wagon. Running to the side of the automobile opposite the flames, Lopez grasped Abelio and pulled him about six feet away from the station wagon. Flames were spreading overhead as a deck hand then aided Lopez in dragging Abelio out of the breezeway.
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