Robert Stephen Better saved Lily Fowler from burning, Richmond, California, April 2, 1986. Mrs. Fowler, 80, lost control of her car while driving through a service station’s car wash. The car crashed into other vehicles and came to rest against a wall of the service station after shearing off a fuel pump. Escaping gasoline caught fire, as did Mrs. Fowler’s car. Better, 29, saw Mrs. Fowler trapped in her burning car. He broke the car’s passenger window with a piece of concrete, then, despite intense heat near the car and the presence of gasoline on the ground nearby, ran to the car and pulled Mrs. Fowler through the window. Better dragged her several feet from the burning car before receiving help from others.
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