Robert D. DeLargy helped to save Harold A. and Kelsey A. Johnson from burning, Valles Mines, Missouri, November 24, 1997. Johnson, 44, was the driver, and his daughter Kelsey, 7, the passenger, of an automobile that caught fire in a highway collision. Motorists, including DeLargy, 35, operator, witnessed the accident and stopped at the scene. DeLargy and another man approached the severely damaged car, the rear of which was covered by flames that extended into the back-seat area. DeLargy kicked out the glass in the window of the passenger door, then pulled the door open. Kelsey, who was unconscious, began to fall out of the car, but the other man, who had responded by then to that side of the car, caught her. That man removed Kelsey and carried her to safety. Despite spreading flames in the back-seat area, DeLargy then leaned headfirst into the car and worked to free Johnson. He pulled him from the car and helped carry him away. Within moments, the car was engulfed by flame. Neither Kelsey nor her father was burned, but Kelsey required extensive hospitalization for severe injuries, and Johnson’s injuries were fatal.
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