Firefighter Rescues Woman From Burning Home


TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The heroic actions by a shoals fire fighter Monday morning, possibly saved the life of a woman trapped inside a burning home.

The scene unfolded just before 9am when Colbert County 9-1-1 received a call of desperation by the woman who was trapped.

“There are a lot of things going through your mind,” explained Tuscumbia Fire Fighter Bert Johnston.

As Johnston cleaned up his equipment and prepared to leave, he knew this fire call could have been much different.

Across the dispatch radio, Johnston and his fellow fire fighters heard there was a woman trapped inside her burning home.

While in route, Johnston said his instincts took over, “When I got to the house the first thing I did was get out of the truck, come up to the door, and kicked the door in.”

With only his firefighting suit on, Johnston braved the heavy smoke to attempt a rescue.

Fire fighter Johnston knew it was the only way to get the trapped woman to safety.   

“The back is what was on fire, and that was the only way out that she had at that time because the front door was locked and she couldn’t get out of it.”

Relying on his training, the fire fighter of five years said he simply did what had to be done.

And why does Johnston love being a fire fighter, because he said it’s about helping others, “A happy ending to a bad start.”

Family members of the victim said they are thankful to fire fighter Johnston for saving their loved one from the home.

The woman was transported to Shoals Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.     

Fire fighters believe the fire started in the laundry room of the home.


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