Ryan D. A. Horne saved Janet F. Mart from a burning vehicle, Birchdale, Minnesota, May 14, 2019. Mart, 74, was trapped inside a burning vehicle after it traveled off a rural road and crashed into a wooded area. The vehicle came to rest in an area of trees and brush that blocked its two front doors. Mart, who had her small dog with her, was unable to open either door. Horne, 36, sales manager, was driving in the area and saw Mart’s burning vehicle. After attempting unsuccessfully to open both doors on the driver’s side of Mart’s vehicle Horne opened the rear hatch door and saw Mart in the front passenger’s seat. Flames had spread to the front windshield. Horne climbed into the cargo area and then to back seat area. Mart extended her arm between the front seats as the smoke intensified, and Horne grasped her underneath that arm and pulled her into the back seats, then to the cargo area where he removed her and the dog from the vehicle. The vehicle’s tires burst as they walked away from the vehicle, which was shortly engulfed by flames. Mart sustained contusions and a concussion; she recovered.
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