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    Default Another civilian makes a save!

    from today's MetroWest Daily news...

    Neighbor helps keep fire in check at Natick home
    By Kendall Hatch/Daily News staff
    The MetroWest Daily News
    Posted Jun 16, 2013 @ 09:21 PM
    Last update Jun 16, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

    With a fire extinguisher and a garden hose, a quick-thinking neighbor kept a fire from getting out of control Sunday night at a Mill Street home until firefighters could arrive.

    The call came into fire headquarters around 8 p.m. Flames and smoke were visible at 93 Mill St. when public safety personnel arrived, according to radio transmissions.

    The fire broke out in the family room near the television set, according to a resident.

    Homeowner Judy Kelley said she had just gone to bed and was awakened by her granddaughter yelling "Fire!"

    Everyone in the home got out safely, she said.. One of her granddaughters went to a neighbor's for help.

    Neighbor David Eure came over with a fire extinguisher and emptied it on the flames.

    Once the extinguisher was empty, he asked Kelley to get a garden hose. Armed with the hose, he sprayed water onto the fire until he saw firefighters arriving.

    Without Eure's efforts, the fire could have gotten into the wall and spread into other parts of the home, said Deputy Fire Chief Rick White.

    "He did a great job,'' he said. "The neighbor did a wonderful job."

    White acknowledged that Eure risked injury by going into the home, but said his acts prevented further damage.

    "That's what neighbors do for neighbors" he said.

    The fire was declared out around 9:30 p.m. Personnel from NStar were on hand.

    Deputy White said preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started in an electronic device beneath the television in the family room.

    Fire spread upwards and behind the TV which was mounted onto the wall. The fire, he said, did not extend into the wall.

    Neighbor Eure was pleased that he could help.

    "I just wanted to save as much as possible,'' he said. "These are great neighbors."

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    Good on him.
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    Courage, determination, and a real desire to help. Sign him up!
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    Isn't it amazing that a citizen with no training or ppe would have the courage to make a difference while some in the fire service refuse to because they would not want to jeopardize poker night with their buddies? Courage determination and sacrifice. This guy has it well in hand. Like fyred said, we need to get this guy some turnouts.
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    Absolutely amazing- an untrained civilian with no knowledge of firefighting tactics other than P-A-S-S and apply water with the green line had the courage, fortitude and loyalty to do what he did. He did it without second thought of his own safety- Why?


    Some people on here need to learn what that phrase means.
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    P-A-S-S? Some people just leave off the "P" and stick with the rest of it.
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