Terrance C. Keefer helped to save Thomas D. Morgan from burning, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, December 11, 1963. When his four-door sedan was struck from behind by another automobile, Morgan, 36, steel mill laborer, was injured and knocked to the floor. Gasoline from the ruptured fuel tank caught fire flames burning on the rear end of the sedan and beneath its entire length. Terrance, 17, schoolboy, ran from his home to the right front door, where he was joined by Russell L. Clyde. Flames four feet high then covered the trunk, and dense smoke filled the interior of the automobile. Although onlookers shouted warnings of an explosion, Terrance tried without success to open the door, and he and Clyde then lunged in vain at the door window. While Clyde continued trying to break the glass, Terrance climbed onto the hood, beneath which he could see flames, and kicked the windshield until it broke. Clyde then also climbed onto the hood, where he removed broken glass from the windshield. Terrance got to his knees, held his breath, and reached inside the sedan but found no one. Clyde then knelt on the hood, reached into the front compartment, and touched Morgan. With Terrance holding him from behind, Clyde leaned into the sedan, lifted Morgan onto the seat, and raised him to the windshield opening. A rear tire then blew out. Together Terrance and Clyde pulled Morgan onto the hood. Others ran to the sedan and carried him away. Clyde again probed the front compartment, while Terrance turned off the ignition. Another tire then blew out. Terrance and Clyde leaped to the ground, ran to Morgan, and asked if anyone else was in the sedan. Morgan only moaned. Terrance and Clyde ran to the right rear door as flames increased. Terrance opened the door, held his breath, and searched the compartment but found no one. As he and Clyde ran from the sedan, flames engulfed the vehicle.
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