Peter Weatherford helped attempt to rescue Jackson H. Amos from burning, Clarksville, Tennessee, August 28, 2011. Amos, 18, remained inside the automobile he had been driving after it left a rural road and crashed in an adjoining field. Flames erupted in the car’s engine compartment, and dense smoke filled its interior. A motorist who stopped at the scene pulled three other occupants of the car to safety and then called for help in removing Amos, who was trapped in the wreckage, by a foot. Weatherford, 52, who lived nearby, had responded to the scene on hearing the crash. He went to the car, opened the front door on its passenger side, and felt for Amos. He then went to the driver’s door, opened it, and leaned inside. Despite nearby flames that had entered the car’s interior by then and were growing, he freed Amos and, withdrawing from the car, helped the other man pull him out. Amos and another of the car’s occupants died at the scene, but the other two survived.
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