Wesley Wilber saved Donna L. Horn from burning, Bremerton, Washington, October 22, 1998. When the automobile driven by Ms. Horn, 57, lost its brakes, it proceeded out of control through a busy intersection, then entered the lot of a service station where it struck a gasoline pump. The pump was knocked to the pavement, and flames broke out on it and on the front of the car, which was stopped against the pump island. Ms. Horn attempted unsuccessfully to open the car’s doors. Stopped in traffic at the intersection, Wilber, 44, disabled mechanic, witnessed the accident. He immediately pulled his car into the lot of the service station then exited it and activated one of the pumps’ emergency shut-off switches. Ms. Horn was by then in the back seat of her car, kicking at its right rear door. Despite the growing flames, Wilber ran to that side of the car, opened the door, and removed Ms. Horn from the vehicle. They fled. Seconds later, there was an explosive burst of flames at the car and pump. Ms. Horn was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained in the accident, and she recovered.
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