Phillip Fiorentino saved Winston C. Cover, Jr., from burning, Valley Stream, New York, June 15, 2003. Cover, 30, lay unconscious in the front seat of a burning car after a highway accident. At a residence nearby, Fiorentino, 28, carpenter, heard the crash. He ran to the scene, where he found gasoline on the pavement and flames issuing from the rear and rear interior of the car and its underside. Fiorentino opened the driver’s door and saw Cover lying atop a passenger along the passenger side of the front seat. He extended the upper part of his body into the car, grasped Cover by the feet, then pulled him from the vehicle and about 10 feet away. He returned to the car and re-entered for the passenger, but deteriorating conditions forced him away. The car became engulfed by flames. The passenger in the front seat, and one in the back, died at the scene. Cover was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Fiorentino sustained minor burns to his head and minor smoke inhalation; he recovered.
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