Wallace L. Jensen saved Linsey C. Schiltz and attempted to save Barbara J. Schiltz from burning, Oakley, Kansas, February 28, 1984. The van driven by Mrs. Schiltz, 26, collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Jensen, 51, truck driver. Linsey, 2, was a passenger in the van. After impact, the van flipped onto its passenger side, its engine compartment immediately bursting into flame. Although shaken by the crash, Jensen jumped from his truck and ran to the front of the van. As flames continued to feed on the engine, Jensen reached through the van’s broken windshield and removed Linsey, taking her to safety. He returned to the van and was attempting to free Mrs. Schiltz when an explosion occurred, throwing flames throughout the van and thwarting his efforts. Mrs. Schiltz died in the fire. Linsey recovered from minor injuries and Jensen from second-degree burns to his hands.
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