Terrance W. Coleman saved Stephen G. Simon and helped to save Richard C. Bennett from burning, Greece, New York, November 12, 1985. Simon, 25, and Bennett, 26, were rendered unconscious when their car crashed into a tree at night. Flames broke out in the engine area. Driving nearby, Coleman, 30, an off-duty police officer, saw the burning car and stopped. His wife, who was following in another car, also stopped. Coleman ran to the car and pulled Simon through its opened passenger window, then carried him away. With flames entering the interior of the car near the dashboard, Coleman leaned inside through the driver’s window and dislodged Bennett’s legs from the wreckage while his wife held Bennett’s head away from the flames. Together they pulled Bennett out of the car. After they had dragged him a few feet away, flames quickly filled the car’s interior. Simon and Bennett suffered multiple injuries as a result of the crash. Coleman recovered from minor smoke inhalation.
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