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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two area men have received Carnegie Medals for saving a woman from her burning car last year.
James Terry of Jeffersonville, Ind. and Tom Nielsen, head groundskeeper for the Louisville Bats, came across 70-year-old Irmagene Lambert's burning car on the night of January 6, 2012. Her car had veered off the road and into the median, and struck a cable barrier.
The engine was still running, and a fire broke out inside the car. The car's doors were locked, and Terry pulled one of the barrier's posts from the ground and broke out one of the car's front passenger window and opened the car door. Terry and Nielsen had to pull back from the spreading flames for a time, but Nielsen used two fire extinguishers to reduce the flames and allow he and Terry to pull Lambert out of the car.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Nielsen in a news release. "I feel blessed that I was able to help Mrs. Lambert in her time of need. I hope if I am ever in a situation like Mrs. Lambert that someone would be there for me."
The Carnegie Medal is awarded to people who risk their lives "to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others."