Walter J. Groseclose, Jr., rescued Sandra K. Hawley from burning, MacArthur, West Virginia, August 7, 1969. When her two-door Volkswagen sedan was involved in a collision and fire broke out around the fuel tank at the front end, Miss Hawley, 22, was severely injured and knocked unconscious. Groseclose, 33, power lineman, ran to the burning sedan and forced open the door. Flames then were rising 20 feet above the ground at the front end of the automobile; and fire spreading inside had ignited the clothing of Miss Hawley. Groseclose leaned into the sedan and took hold of Miss Hawley. He pulled her through the door and dragged her away from the sedan, which soon afterward was totally afire. Using his jacket, Groseclose put out the flames on Miss Hawley’s attire. She was bleeding from a throat injury. Groseclose, who had sustained minor burns on his face and hands, applied pressure which stopped the bleeding. Miss Hawley was hospitalized for her injuries and burns. She recovered.
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