Norman C. Crampton rescued Richard Simmons from burning, Aptos, California, July 26, 1973. When his sedan rolled onto it top on the highway, Simmons, 22, was trapped inside because his foot was caught. Flames broke out at the rear of the vehicle and, fed by leaking gasoline, spread to the interior. Crampton, 21, carpenter, ran to the inverted sedan as the flames inside and outside increased. Heat was intense. After breaking the glass in a door window, Crampton tried in vain to pull Simmons out. He then crawled into the inverted automobile to his waist and, although sustaining burns, freed Simmons. Backing out, Crampton pulled Simmons from the sedan and then put out flames on himself and Simmons. Crampton recovered from his burns, but Simmons died.
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