Roland P. Greenlee saved Paul E. Nunnally from burning, Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 29, 1960. In an automobile collision at an intersection, Nunnally, 69, pharmacist, suffered multiple fractures and, barely conscious, was thrown onto the floor of his sedan as gasoline from a broken fuel line caught fire beneath it and flames spread rapidly on the outside of the automobile. Greenlee, 49, airplane mecanic, ran to the vehicle, on which flames burned intermittently from the windshield to the rear. By then another man had opened the door but had retreated from the smoke, which filled the sedan, and from the intense heat. Greenlee shielded his face with one arm and, extending the other into the vehicle, groped above flames then burning on the seat but could not locate Nunnally. He then leaned into the sedan, searched in front of the seat, and found Nunnally on the floor, which was free of flames. Bracing one leg against the side close to flames, Greenlee grasped Nunnally with both hands and dragged him from the vehicle. Soon afterward the entire sedan was afire; and several explosions occurred before firemen arrived and extinguished the flames. Nunnally was hospitalized for his injuries but recovered. Greenlee’s eyebrows, hair, and arm were singed.
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