Shelly Salbeck helped to rescue Saundra L. Fleming from burning, Galt, California, June 23, 1994. Ms. Fleming, 36, remained in the driver’s seat of her inverted and burning automobile after a highway accident. Local residents hearing the accident included Ms. Salbeck, 21, dental assistant, and her stepfather. They immediately ran to the scene and approached the driver’s side of the car, flames by then having spread to its interior. After the stepfather cut Ms. Fleming’s seat belt with a pocketknife then withdrew because of smoke and flames, Ms. Salbeck grasped Ms. Fleming and started to remove her through the opened driver’s door. When her stepfather returned, Ms. Salbeck and he freed Ms. Fleming and dragged her away from the car, which was shortly engulfed by flames. Ms. Fleming required extensive hospitalization for severe burns and other injuries. Ms. Salbeck recovered from a minor burn.
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