Rudy Lee Morrison saved Eugene V. Scruggs, Frances A. Hill, and Charles A. Cunningham from burning, Raleigh, North Carolina, December 13, 1971. In a nighttime accident, a station wagon swerved from the highway to a tilted position in a ditch, and flames broke out at the rear of the badly damaged vehicle. Scruggs, 28, bank automated services officer, Mrs. Hill, 25, bank service assistant, and Cunningham, 47, bank vice president, the wagon’s occupants, were injured and rendered unconscious. Morrison, 31, police patrolman then off duty, ran to the station wagon and through an opening at the top of one of the crumpled doors pulled Scruggs from the vehicle as flames spread to the interior. Morrison had to put his head and shoulders into the wagon to remove Mrs. Hill. He then extended most of his body through the door opening, grasped Cunningham, and pulled him to safety. Scruggs succumbed to his injuries, but Mrs. Hill and Cunningham recovered.
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