Postman and teen rescue woman from burning home


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Updated: 8/06/2013 10:54 pm Published: 8/06/2013 10:47 pm


A teenager who ran into the burning home to save his neighbor said he's not a hero.

Broken Arrow firefighters say a 67-year-old woman was pulled from the home in the 1100 block of North Cypress Avenue near 71st and Garnett in Broken Arrow on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old boy helped the postman rescue the woman.

"I saw the smoke come out of the back and then I went up there and tried to get her out," said the teen, Juan Rodriguez.

FOX23 News partner KRMG spoke exclusively to the postman, who saw smoke and called 911.

"He [operator] ,'Is there anyone in the house' and I thought I had seen legs in the garage," said postal worker Michael Mohr. "She was about half way up to her car and she said ‘I need help.’”

He and Rodriguez took her to the mail truck and kept her cool until emergency crews arrived.

"We grabbed her on each arm and walked her out," said Mohr.

The woman then called for her white Schnauzer, named Smoke.

"She said at least three times, 'My dog, my dog, don’t forget my dog,'" said Mohr. "We could hear it when we pulled up, but then it stopped, unfortunately."

They could see orange flames and glass popping in the house and it was too dangerous.

"I was thinking of going back and getting the dog," said Rodriguez. "All you saw was the frame of the door and behind it was all flames."

They did everything they could to save this woman's life but they couldn't find the dog.

"There was nothing that we do for her unfortunately," said Mohr.

Now neighbors are keeping a lookout in case the dog survived.

"We as a community are working to keep an eye out on the dog," said neighbor Tim Bannon.

The teen’s and postman's efforts did not go unnoticed.

"She is lucky to be alive, he just happened to running his route, saw smoke and I think he could hear a dog barking and went inside and drug her out," said Broken Arrow Battalion Chief Jim Bright.

Neighbors also want to thank the postman, who knocked on nearby doors.

"The postman is telling us 'Get out of the house, get out of the house,' he’s [postman] ushering us out and telling us to get out of the way," said neighbor Tracy Johnson. "He's a hero."

However, Rodriguez said he was only trying to help.

"I've always tried to help the best I could," said Rodriguez.

Firefighters say the woman is on full-time oxygen and disabled.

The woman was transported to Hillcrest Medical Center Burn Unit, where she is being treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns.

Fire investigators believe this was accidental but it is still under investigation.

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