Richard C. Guillot helped to rescue Daureen M. Parker from burning, Palm Harbor, Florida, December 8, 2000. Ms. Parker, 48, was unconscious in the driver’s seat of her van, which had left the highway, entered the lot of a service station, and knocked over a gasoline pump before coming to rest just short of the door to the service station store. Flames broke out at the pump island and on the toppled pump and the exterior of the van. A motorist, Guillot, 33, loan specialist, witnessed the accident and stopped at the scene, where he heard another man who had already entered the van call out for help to remove Ms. Parker. Guillot went to the van’s front passenger door and, despite flames entering the van through the window of the driver’s door, leaned inside, as did the other man. They grasped Ms. Parker and pulled her from the vehicle, then dragged and carried her to safety as the van became nearly engulfed by flames. Ms. Parker sustained severe burns to her left side for which she required hospitalization and surgery. She recovered.
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