Victor K. Shelton rescued Charles T. Miles, Jr., from burning, Lynchburg, Virginia, September 16, 1998. Following a highway accident at night, Miles, 28, lay unconscious inside a burning pickup truck, which was positioned astride a guardrail bordering the highway shoulder. Another motorist, Shelton, 42, salesman, witnessed the accident and stopped at the scene. Shelton approached the passenger side of the truck as flames blocked entry at the driver’s side. He stepped up onto the guardrail, looked through the broken-out window of the passenger door, and saw Miles, unconscious, lying in the cab. Despite flames entering the truck from its driver’s side, Shelton reached inside, grasped Miles, and pulled him to the window. He then stepped down to the ground and pulled Miles out of the vehicle. Shelton carried Miles a short distance away, then returned to the truck to check for other occupants. Seeing no one else, he ran from the truck shortly before two explosions occurred at the vehicle. Miles required hospitalization for injuries received in the accident, including minor burns. He recovered.
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