Ross G. Guy helped to save Edgar T. DeLeon from burning, Moreno Valley, California, January 10, 2002. DeLeon, 20, was unconscious in the driver’s seat of his car after a highway accident in which the car collided with another. The vehicles came to rest in close proximity to each other, and flames that broke out on the other car spread to DeLeon’s. Guy, 52, disabled counselor, drove upon the scene and approached the driver’s side of DeLeon’s car, where he attempted to open the driver’s door, as did two other men. After one of the other men broke out the window to that door, the men found that DeLeon was restrained by his safety belt. Flames by then had entered the rear interior of the car, and Guy and the others were forced back by the heat and smoke. Returning to the car, they started to remove DeLeon through the driver’s door but found that his foot was trapped. After one of the other men partially entered the car and freed the foot, Guy and the two other men removed DeLeon from the car and carried him to safety. The cars were destroyed in the accident and fire. DeLeon was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries, and Guy sustained minor cuts on his hands and arms and smoke inhalation. He recovered.
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Ross Gregory Guy, 67, of Riverside, Calif., died on Jan. 14, 2017. Guy joined the Marines out of El Segundo, Calif., High School in 1968, serving for four years. During the Vietnam War, he was a helicopter door gunner. Guy later was a VFW member, including service as grand commander for the state of California.
Guy also was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, for which he served as the exalted ruler of the Riverside lodge.
In April 2003, Guy received the Carnegie Medal for helping to save a man from a burning car in Moreno Valley, Calif., on Jan. 10, 2002.
(Edited from an obituary published in the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside.)