Real men go interior to make a grab.....
This'll stir the pot.
Off duty Sheriffs Deputy and Fire Lt. make 2 different rescues on 2 different places.
No gear. No SCBA. No RIT.
Placing their life on the line, SO OTHERS MIGHT LIVE.
Tip o the lid to ya, gentlemen.
Now that our resident cowards are going to get a hold of this, over analyze it, pick it to death, I am going back to the other site to resume my duties.
Ga. Deputy Sheriff and FF Considered Heroes for Roles in Two Fire Rescues
The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
Jan. 19--When she first saw Sgt. Stephen Shunn on Wednesday morning, Mildred Martin couldn't figure out why there was a stranger inside her house.
But he's a deputy, and her house was on fire.
Shunn had seen the smoke as he was driving by on his way to his second job and pulled over to help. Martin wasn't yet aware of the fire, which had already engulfed her roof and would gut her home of 55 years.
Shunn, moonlighting on a day off from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, didn't know if anyone was in the house at 234 Williamson Drive in Bath, but went around it, opened a side door and went inside, where he found the 79-year-old Martin.
"I was in the house and I was walking around," Martin said. "I didn't know anything was happening."
Despite the awkwardness of their first meeting, Martin and Shunn reunited Monday evening with hugs and tears of joy and gratitude.
"You could have just drove on by and left me," she said. "I thank God you came by when you did. I love you to death. I'll never forget you."
Talking about it earlier, Shunn was modest about his role.
"It wasn't any Hollywood-style rescue," he said. "I just did what had to be done."
Her son Charlie Martin Jr. thinks Shunn is selling himself a little short.
"I thought they had sent all our heroes to Iraq and Afghanistan," he said. "I'm just thankful they left one behind."
An eyewitness, Tim Lowman, of Belvedere, who stopped as he was driving by in his Ferrellgas truck, shares that opinion.
"I believe that just a few minutes' difference would have been a life or death situation for her," he said. "He saved her life. I really believe he did."
Rescues like that don't happen every day -- usually.
But there were two of them that Wednesday morning.
An Augusta firefighter, Lt. Donald Wilson, was on his way home from work when he saw a burning house at 1382 Clark Road.
"I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time," he said.
He got on his cell phone and called dispatchers. Then he saw Paul Spry emerge from the burning home.
Spry told the firefighter that his mother, 82-year-old Bertha Spry, was still inside.
Working together, Wilson and Paul Spry broke a window and pulled Bertha Spry out.
"She was talking and yelling, and I was able to coach her to the window," Wilson said.
The 52-year-old house was destroyed. Bertha Spry was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and released Friday night.
Her oldest son, William Walker, of Waynesboro, Ga., said Sunday she still wasn't up to talking. But Paul Spry had a message for Wilson.
"I'd like to say thank you to him," he said.