William P. Yonev helped to rescue Kenneth D. Sanders from burning, Temagami, Ontario, June 8, 1984. Sanders, 22, was trapped in an overturned and burning van following a highway accident. Yonev, 40, lodge owner, observed the accident and went to the scene. Joined by another man, he attempted to remove Sanders through a hole in the windshield, but Sanders’ foot was lodged underneath a seat. After the other man freed Sanders’ foot, Yonev and he then pulled Sanders from the van seconds before it exploded. Sanders suffered multiple injuries; he recovered. Yonev received minor cuts to one of his legs, and he too recovered.
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