Thomas R. Palek rescued Wayne D. Raum from burning, Woodlawn, Maryland, October 20, 1976. In an automobile accident at night, Raum, 22, was severely injured and thrown into the rear-seat section of a two-door automobile when it struck a culvert, turned over onto its top, and caught fire at the front end. The flames were spreading inside the vehicle when Palek, 23, assembler, arrived and saw Raum in the rear compartment, his trousers afire. Extending his head and shoulders into the inverted automobile through the window opening, Palek grasped Raum and pulled him out. Palek then used his coat to put out the flames on Raum, who recovered after being hospitalized for burns and injuries.
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