Seth Clayton Hooks rescued Hunter B. Wiseman from burning, Cadiz, Kentucky, December 12, 2006. Following a highway accident involving the car in which he was a passenger, Hunter, 4, remained strapped to his seat by a safety belt. The car had overturned and caught fire in the accident, and spreading flames reached Hunter’s seat. Traveling on the same highway, Hooks, 21, restaurant employee, arrived at the scene and approached the burning car. Seeing Hunter inside, he entered the vehicle through the window of its driver’s door and attempted to free him. Hooks withdrew for a knife, but none was available. Re-entering the vehicle, he pulled Hunter free and exited the car with him. Hooks rolled Hunter on the ground to extinguish the flames on him, then he carried him away from the vehicle to a point of safety. Hunter was hospitalized for treatment of extensive burns and later died of his injuries. Hooks required hospital treatment for second-degree burns to both hands, and he recovered.
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