ANDERSON, Ala. (WHNT) — A Lauderdale County woman died in an early morning house fire in the Shoals.
But it wasn’t until Anderson Volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene that they realized it was one of their own.
The fire happened in the 82-hundred block of county road 50, that’s just outside the western town limits of Anderson.
As a community and fire department mourn, they remember their fellow fire fighter for her selfless act of heroism.
Anderson Assistant Fire Chief Johnny White said, “Within a half mile of the residence, I could see coming up the county road there that it was their residence. I did not know which person it was.”
Chief White got a sinking feeling when he pulled up to the county road 50 home of Scott and Beth Childers.
The couple woke up to smoke filling their home.
“She went to the back of the house, to the bedroom window where the grandson was at and made entry through a window,” said Chief White. “She then handed the child out to her 17-year-old daughter.”
42-year-old Beth Childers died saving her 2-year-old grandson’s life.
Anderson fire fighters say Childers fearlessly put herself in harm’s way.
“We plan on making sure of that, she will be remembered as a hero.”
The flag in front of Anderson town hall flies at half-staff in honor of a fire fighter, who gave up her own life to save another.
Beth Childers’ husband Scott, the infant grandson, and 17-year-old daughter were taken to ECM Hospital in Florence to be treated for smoke inhalation.
A benefit fund has been set for the Childers family, and donations can be made at any Bank Independent branch in the valley.