Thomas E. Hinds saved Raymond L. Turner and William P. Zech from burning, Cincinnati, Ohio, December 18, 1960. At night a station wagon struck the rear end of a stopped police cruiser, badly damaging the vehicle and injuring Turner, 25, patrolman, and Zech, 18, student, who were in it. Flames broke out at the back end of the cruiser and the front end of the station wagon, rising 25 into the air. Hinds, 18, student, ran to the police car and with effort opened the door on the driver’s side. Within four feet of flames on the outside of the vehicle and gasoline burning on the roadway, Hinds tried to remove Turner, who barely was conscious, but could not do so because his legs were wrapped around the steering column. The driver of the station wagon aided Hinds in pulling Turner from the car. After dragging Turner 30 feet away, Hinds ran back to the burning cruiser, on which the flames were spreading toward the front end. Hinds leaned almost completely into the vehicle and grasped Zech, who was unconscious. He pulled Zech from the car and dragged him to safety. Firemen arrived and extinguished the flames. Turner and Zech recovered from their injuries.
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