Thomas A. Deeming, Jr. saved Devin S. and Brett L. McElwain from burning, Redlands, California, July 24, 1981. In a highway accident in which their father’s car and a tractor-trailer collided, Devin, 7, and Brett, 11, were trapped in the back seat. Moments after the front of the car and the truck cab burst into flames, Deeming, 28, truck driver, jumped from the tractor-trailer, ran to the car, and removed Devin and Brett through the driver’s door. He then led them to safety as flames on the vehicles increased. Devin and Brett recovered from minor injuries. Deeming was treated for shock, and he too recovered.
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