William T. Crawford helped to save Charlene J. Beron from burning, Punta Gorda, Florida, May 10, 1991. Mrs. Beron, 60, was rendered unconscious after her automobile was struck from behind by a delivery truck and burst into flame. Crawford, 29, automobile mechanic, ran to the burning car from a nearby shopping center, as did another man. They struggled to open the doors on its driver’s side, then found Mrs. Beron on the back seat, near flames which were entering the car through its broken windows. With flames increasing, Crawford crawled part way into the car, seized Mrs. Beron, and, aided by the other man, who also partially entered the car, pulled her out. They carried her away from the car moments before it was engulfed in flame. Mrs. Beron was hospitalized for injuries received in the accident, and Crawford sustained minor burns to his leg and upper body, from which he recovered.
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