Robert A. Parenti saved Edward L. Ferguson from burning, Parker, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1968. An automobile containing only Ferguson, 42, quarry shuttle operator, crashed through the front of a two-story frame dwelling and, after tearing away a chimney and severing a gas pipe, stopped with its right rear corner over a floor furnace, which was operating. Leaking gasoline ignited, and flames broke out at the rear of the vehicle. Parenti, 24, sales representative, ran into the dwelling and to the automobile’s left door, but he was unable to open it. A muffled explosion occurred under the front of the vehicle, and flames rose at its left side, forcing Parenti back. The flames quickly subsided but spread toward the rear, while others appeared at openings on the crumpled hood. Parenti ran around the rear of the vehicle to the right side and aided Furguson, who was badly dazed, out of the automobile. As Parenti was taking Ferguson away from the burning vehicle, another muffled explosion occurred. Flames increased and heat became intense. Parenti aided Ferguson out of the dwelling. Firemen extinguished the flames.
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