- LAPD Officer Donald Thompson pulled a man from his burning car
- "Had he not come along, I wouldn't have made it," the victim says
(CNN)When President Barack Obama awarded Los Angeles Police Officer Donald Thompson the Medal of Valor in May, the 6-foot-1 commander in chief had to stand on his tiptoes to hang the medal around the neck of the 6-foot-7 hero.
'A huge ball of fire'
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