Peter Alley was one of 16 people named as a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of heroism. Alley is a custodian at the Connors-Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Maine, was awarded the bronze medal and $4,000 for saving the life of a stranded motorist last January.

In the early morning, Alley came across a pickup truck that had skidded off the road and collided with a tree. The driver was semiconscious and suffered from an injured leg. After repeated failed attempts of a rescue, Alley simply reached through the window of the burning vehicle to grab the driver. Shortly after pulling him to safety, the car became engulfed in flames.

Acts of heroism are not new to Alley. He also helped a friend, who had collapsed from a burst appendix, get to the hospital. And 17 years earlier, Alley and another custodian were severely burned while fixing a broken boiler at the school, but Alley was able to pull his co-worker away from the searing steam.

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