Yvan Leger helped to rescue Bernard J. LeBlanc from burning, Bathurst, New Brunswick, July 30, 1985. After a highway accident, LeBlanc, 27, was pinned, unconscious, in the driver’s seat of his car. Leger, 31, electrician, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and joined two other men who were attempting to free LeBlanc. Leger and the other men pulled the driver’s door partially open, but before they could remove LeBlanc, the car’s fuel tank exploded, engulfing the car in flames. LeBlanc was thrown out of the car, and Leger and the other men were knocked to the ground. Leger and the other men returned to the car, grabbed LeBlanc, who was aflame, and pulled him away; they then extinguished his flames. LeBlanc suffered third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body and required extensive hospitalization; Leger sustained minor burns to his arms, and he recovered.
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