Thomas Anthony Trento rescued David P. Vruwink from burning, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, September 11, 1982. Vruwink, 23, lay injured and semi-conscious on the front seat of his burning car after a highway crash in which his car’s gasoline tank exploded. With difficulty, Trento, 31, seminary student, broke the window of the driver’s door. Despite flames which filled the car’s back-seat area and licked into the front-seat area, Trento reached inside and pulled Vruwink out. Trento then dragged Vruwink a safe distance from the car. Both recovered from minor burns and other injuries.
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