Tulsa firefighters reconnect with now-grown boy they saved more than 40 years ago

Firefighters reconnect with now-grown man they saved years ago

TULSA, Okla. — A group of retired firefighters were recently reunited with a now-grown boy they rescued from a house fire more than 40 years ago.

The fire happened near Admiral and Sheridan on Memorial Day weekend in 1978.

Two boys -- ages 3 and 4 -- were trapped inside the home and this group of firefighters got both of them out. Only 4-year-old Jay Slack survived.

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Slack later tracked down a photo of Captain Ray Dale Dawson giving him CPR after the fire that he used to reconnect 14 years later in 1992.

He invited Captain Dawson to his graduation at Glenpool High School -- and later his wedding in 2004.

Dawson went to both.

The captain passed away in December 2019.

Slack went to Dawson’s funeral where he reconnected with other members of the crew who didn’t know he and the captain had already reconnected before.

A group of retired Tulsa firefighters were reunited with a boy -- now grown -- who they rescued from a deadly fire more than 40 years ago.
A group of retired Tulsa firefighters were reunited with a boy -- now grown -- who they rescued from a deadly fire more than 40 years ago. (FOX23)

Vern Landers, Ron Fagaly, and Dick Cagle told FOX23′s Sara Whaley they were speechless when they saw Slack at the funeral and they were thrilled to know he is doing well now as a 45-year-old man.

The firefighters called the meeting a “highlight” of their lives.