Odette Tremblay helped to rescue Pierre Gauthier from burning, l’Ètape, Quebec, March 5, 1997. The automobile in which Gauthier, 49, was a front-seat passenger collided with another vehicle. Gauthier was knocked unconscious to the floor, and flames broke out on the driver’s side of the car’s exterior. Ms. Tremblay, 41, university instructor, and other motorists stopped at the scene. Responding to the burning car, Ms. Tremblay entered it for Gauthier by crawling through the broken window of the front passenger door, the door itself appearing to her to be jammed. Kneeling on the front seat, Ms. Tremblay pulled Gauthier onto the seat. Another woman arrived and pulled open the front passenger door, allowing Ms. Tremblay to exit. Ms. Tremblay and the other woman removed Gauthier from the car, then, joined by a third woman, carried him to safety. Moments later, the car, including its interior, was engulfed by flame. Gauthier was hospitalized for treatment of second- and third-degree burns to a hand, and other injuries.
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