Paul Martin Spezia helped to rescue Daniel J. Kaenter and Robert C. Schulte from burning, St. Louis, Missouri, September 13, 1981. After their automobile crashed, Kaenter, 34, and Schulte, 36, lay unconscious inside while flames engulfed the front of the automobile. Spezia, 21, college student, pulled Schulte from the automobile with the help of another man, and dragged him away. Spezia returned to the burning automobile, entered it through the passenger door, and freed Kaenter from the wreckage before dragging him away with the other man’s help. Moments later, the automobile’s engine exploded filling the interior with flames. Kaenter and Schulte, treated at a hospital for injuries and burns, recovered.
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