Patrick R. Kelleher rescued James M. Burroughs from burning, San Jose, California, February 26, 1995. Burroughs, 33, was the pilot of a small airplane which caught fire after it crashed on a highway. Kelleher, 27, sales clerk, was driving on the highway and saw the accident. He ran to the burning plane as its passenger was escaping, then helped the passenger away. Kelleher returned to the plane, reached inside through the door, and, despite flames having entered the cockpit, helped Burroughs, who was semi-conscious and aflame, to remove his seat belt. Kelleher then grasped Burroughs and pulled him from the plane. He dragged him to safety, then helped extinguish flames on him. The plane was shortly engulfed by fire. Burroughs required lengthy hospitalization for treatment of serious burns and other injury. Kelleher sustained minor burns to his hand; he recovered.
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