Timothy L. Donoghue helped to rescue Denise R. Reid from burning, Oak View, California, February 5, 1990. Miss Reid, 19, was semi-conscious in the front seat of a burning car after a highway accident, her foot pinned between the seat and passenger door. Traveling nearby with another man, Donoghue, 43, saw the fire and ran to the car. While the other man attempted to remove Miss Reid from the car, Donoghue went to call help. Returning to the scene, he and the other man extended their upper bodies through the opened driver’s door into the car, the front end of which was engulfed in flame. Although flames extended to the dashboard through the opening of the windshield, which was missing, Donoghue and the other man freed Miss Reid, pulled her from the car, and carried her to safety. The car was shortly engulfed in flame. Miss Reid was hospitalized nine days for second-degree burns to her left hip and back and other injuries. Donoghue sustained a strained back.
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