Two strangers help rescue veteran from fire

Allie Richardson said she was visiting friends at Jim Booth's Catfish Pond in Walnut Cove, North Carolina last week. At around 4:30 in the afternoon, 23-year-old Richardson noticed that the camper next door was on fire. She and another man nearby quickly went inside. Richardson said she had previously heard from her friends that there was an elderly man living in the RV. "(I) opened the RV and it was like washing! – a lot of black smoke. How crazy," said Richardson, remembering the chaotic scene. Inside, surrounded by smoke, flames, and intense heat, they found the older man, she said, called William. Richardson said he wasn't moving. Quickly, she said, she removed his oxygen tubes and pulled him off the bed with the man. "He couldn't go. He couldn't save himself," said Richardson. "I had to do everything I could to help him." She said as the man left to greet the ambulance team, she helped William escape the fire. “The man's oxygen tank exploded. So I picked him up and started. He was carrying him down the steps and couldn't go, "Richardson explained before announcing that she had brought William to safety." He was burned pretty badly, but it could have been much, much, much worse. If this man and me weren't here, I mean no one was here, "said Richardson. Richardson said she and William were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for burn injuries. While they were there, the two of them got back together “He said, 'Oh my god, thank you,'” recalled Richardson. “We had a moment. We cried. It was special. "Richardson said what made the rescue even more special was finding out that William was a veteran. She said she did not know this at the time of the rescue, nor did she know it would be life the day before Rescue Veterans Day. "That made it even more special," she said. Richardson said with God's help she continues to save people and is considering an EMT career path. Richardson said William lost all of his possessions and campers in the fire, and she now calls on the community to help him recover.The Walnut Cove Volunteer Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Allie Richardson said she was visiting friends at Jim Booth's Catfish Pond in Walnut Cove, North Carolina last week.

At around 4:30 in the afternoon, 23-year-old Richardson noticed that the camper next door was on fire. She and another man nearby quickly went inside. Richardson said she had previously heard from her friends that there was an elderly man living in the RV.

"(I) opened the RV and it was like washing! – a lot of black smoke. How crazy," said Richardson, remembering the chaotic scene.

Inside, surrounded by smoke, flames, and intense heat, they found the older man named William, she said. Richardson said he wasn't moving. Quickly, she said, she removed his oxygen tubes and pulled him off the bed with the man.

"He couldn't walk. He couldn't save himself," said Richardson. "I had to do everything I could to help him."

She said while the man went out to greet the ambulance team, she helped William escape the fire.

"The man's oxygen tank exploded. So I picked him up and started carrying him down the steps and he couldn't walk," explained Richardson before sharing that she was "dragging" William to safety.

"He was burned pretty badly, but it could have been much, much, much worse. If this man and me hadn't been standing here, nobody would be here," said Richardson.

Richardson said she and William had been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for burn injuries. There the two reunited.

"He said, 'Oh my god, thank you,'" Richardson recalled. "We had a moment. We cried. It was special."

Richardson said what made the rescue even more special was finding out that William was a veteran. She said she didn't know about this at the time of the rescue, nor did she know she would save his life the day before Veterans Day.

"That made it even more special," she said.

Richardson said, with God's help, she wants to continue saving people and is considering an EMT career path.

Richardson said William lost all of his belongings and homes in the fire and she is now calling on the community to help him recover.

The Walnut Cove Volunteer Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.

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