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A Shelby County nanny is being hailed a hero. 22-year-old Alyson Myatt is at University Hospital, recovering from severe burns after she saved a 5-year-old’s life.
Around 6:20 a.m. on March 23, Myatt was sleeping in a downstairs bedroom at a home on Golden Rod where she is a live-in nanny for 5-year-old Aiden Hawes, whose father was out of town.
“I just heard a big boom. I thought it was Aiden,” Myatt said.
After hearing the boom, Myatt immediately sprinted upstairs – barefoot. When she got to the hallway, she was met by flames on the carpet.
“I was calling him. He said, ‘Aly, I’m in here. I’m in my room underneath my covers.’ I was like okay and I ran there, grabbed him and ran out,” said Myatt.
Myatt said her focus was rescuing Aiden. At the time, she didn’t even think about getting burned.
“After I ran off the carpet, my feet were just … it was like I was walking on goo ’cause all the skin. My feet were just burned off,” Myatt described.
Myatt then ran out of the house with Aiden, drove to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Although Myatt suffered burns to her hands, legs and feet, she said Aiden was not injured.
“I’m just happy Aiden is okay,” said Myatt. “I care for that kid a lot.”
“The boy, probably, without her wouldn’t have been able to survive until we arrived,” said Chief Willard Tucker of the Shelbyville Fire Department.
Tucker believes Myatt ran through 400 degree flames to reach and rescue Aiden, something he believes a lot of people would not have done.
A HAPLESS would-be burglar has been been charged after he became stuck on a Sydney factory roof and had to be rescued by police and fire crews in a three-hour operation.
Police were called to a three-storey factory in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner-west, to find the 53-year-old on the roof.
Officers believe the man was trying to break into the joinery factory on Moore Street, but wet weather and the steep roof caused him to get stuck.
Numerous rescue attempts were made, with emergency crews eventually using a fire truck with a large ladder and a Polair helicopter to illuminate the rooftop to retrieve him.
He had numerous items on him, including a helmet with a light, bolt cutters, tin snips, a small ladder, backpack, tarpaulin, ropes and harnesses.
Read more and see more pictures: Help me! Burglar stuck on roof
In February, fire destroyed Shenberger Chapel United Methodist Church in Chanceford Township. Two months later, the congregation gathered a few miles away to celebrate Easter.
The New Bridgeville Fire Company served as a chapel. Reverend Patricia Bollinger said the congregation is strong.
“It still seems to be very uplifting and encouraging,” Bollinger said. “Our numbers still tend to be up and we are averaging about 20 people more in worship.”Church members began their Easter Sunday by meeting at the old church for a sunrise service. The rest of their service was held at the fire department, which is where they have been meeting since the century old church burned down. Pews were replaced with metal chairs. The altar was a table. The congregation noted that where they worship did not change the meaning of Easter.
“Jesus is risen and that we do worship a risen Savior, that’s always special for me,” explained Bollinger. “The wonderful blessing is that we have been able to come here and worship and the worship has been genuine and real and the ministry has continued.”
The congregation is in the process of choosing an architect. It hopes to start rebuilding in the fall.
“I thank God that I was able to get the lady out of the house.” said Bobbie Wright, who spends most of her time helping people. She seats and watches over physically challenged kids on the school bus and when she and her co-worker passed by a home on fire, they had to help save a life.
“I told Bobbie, I said Bobbie she’s trying to get out, there’s someone trapped inside and then Bobbie said ‘Open the door, let me out’ and I opened the door and she RAN out.” said bus driver Stephanie Bayless.
Firefighters believe the fire probably started in the living room area where 65-year-old Jimmy Wayne McKnight was bedridden in a hospital bed.
His caregiver Louise Pinkston heard the smoke alarm and told firefighters what happened next. “She attempted to go to the living room area where Mr. McKnight was at and it’s my understanding at that point she could not get to him or get him out” said Horn Lake Fire Chief David Linville.
Pinkston’s attempts at putting out the fire also failed. The only thing she could do was escape.
When Firefighters arrived they found smoke pouring form over opening of the house, and flames shooting out the living room and kitchen windows.
Ms. Pinkston managed to get to the other end of the house and out a small bathroom window.
That’s when Wright and Bayless passed by, and jumped into action. “She was hollering and so she was trying to lift the window up but she couldn’t get it up so I lift the window up, pushed the window up and got her out the fire,” explained Wright.
Wright herself tried to put out the fire, first by breaking a front window with an landscape timber, then with a garden hose.
Ms. Pinkston suffered heavy smoke inhilation, singed hair and minor burns.
As to why she felt compelled to help, Wright says the answer is simple. “I would want someone to do that for me or do that for my family if something like that happened, so that’s what I did, I just react.” she smiled.
Read more and watch this story: School Bus Crew Saves Woman From Burning House
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When a mail carrier realized an 80-year-old woman was inside a burning house, she didn’t hesitate to rush inside to help.
“It was something instinctive,” Jackie Jefferson said. “I wasn’t thinking. I puffed up my nerves and did it. I can’t believe it happened.”
Jefferson’s actions got the wheelchair-bound woman out of her . Then, true to her postal duties, Jefferson resumed walking her mail delivery route.
Jefferson was gone by the time Indianapolis firefighters arrived. She didn’t return until well after the fire was out and the woman she had rescued had been taken to Methodist Hospital.
Jefferson, 36, has been delivering mail only a few months. Based out of the Brightwood branch post office, she’s been filling in on others’ delivery routes.
I ran over to the house, and the lady is usually in the living room,” said Jefferson. “I grabbed ahold of the wheelchair and tried to push her as far as I could.” She got the woman out of the burning house.
“And then the flames started to come out of the door,” Jefferson said. “I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time.”
He’s received national attention and a national award for serving those who put their lives on the line every day.
Raleigh’s Barry Doyle has been helping Wake County firefighters for 15 years by doing what he does best — cooking.
The Swift Creek Fire Department, which is across the street from his restaurant, was dispatched to a massive vehicle pileup and subsequent fire caused by the storm.
After hours on the job, Swift Creek firefighters called Doyle asking him to bring them, and hundreds of other firefighters from other departments dispatched to the scene, some hot coffee.
After having to make multiple trips back and forth in his SUV, Doyle saw there was a need to help firefighters and other first responders.
Now, Doyle drives around in a Winnebago that’s been converted into a kitchen on wheels.
Whenever there’s a big fire, Doyle can meet crews on the scene and provide hot coffee and food, refueling hungry firefighters so they can continue to help others.
In addition to providing food, Doyle also provides a restroom for firefighters and a nice place in the back of his converted Winnebago for firefighters to come in and take a break.
“He is part of our fire department. He’s taken care of us at his own expense many times, and gone out of our way, and it doesn’t matter what time of day or night you call him, he’s always there,” said Capt. Dennis Holland with the Swift Creek Fire Department.
Read more and watch this story: Raleigh Man Feeds Firefighters
Georgetown County has something be proud of. Their school system is leading the way in South Carolina in making unique employment opportunities for students getting ready to graduate high school.
When the 14 students enrolled in the class complete their requirements they will be certified and ready to be hired as firefighters anywhere in the country when they turn 18.
It’s the perfect opportunity for students who may not see college as an option for any number of reasons, including financial reasons.
Even for those who choose to go to college after high school and those who don’t go into firefighting, the class teaches important life skills.
Read more and watch that story: New program makes high school students firefighters after graduation
These babies are being nursed back to health by a very unusual mother.
Luka the german shepherd never had puppies, but is proving a wonderful surrogate mum for six rescued kittens.
And the tiny bushfire survivors, who lost their mothers in the blaze, are happy to cuddle up to the huge dog.
Five-week-old kittens Emma, Ben and Louise were recovered from the ashes in Yarrambat by CFA volunteers and brought to the veterinary hospital.
Read more: A kitten’s best friend in Frankston
Watch Luka and kittens
Ousmane Ndoye came to America for opportunity. But, this taxi cab driver never thought he’d have the opportunity to give the important gift of his life.
“I’m seeing flames coming all over this house,” said Ndoye, a driver for Denver Yellow Cab. “(I hear) there’s people in the house. I say ‘what?’”
That’s when he says he noticed flames shooting out of a home across the street with an elderly woman panicked outside.
“She was screaming, ‘My daughter, she’s inside! My daughter!” said Ndoye.
Neighbors say Ora Glover lives with her disabled daughter, a middle-aged woman who uses a wheelchair. Ndoye says she was trying to get out of the house but was stuck in the doorway trying to crawl out of the burning home.
At first, Ndoye’s supervisor Randy Jensen says he didn’t even tell anybody about his heroics.
“And, he brings in this bucket and he wants us to collect donations for that family,” said Jensen, general manager of Denver Yellow Cab. “This is above and beyond.”
Some people just have good hearts.I think it is fair to say that this man is definitely one of those people.
Read more and watch that story: Cab driver helps disabled woman escape burning home