Firefighters share meal with Waco teenager who saved neighbor from fire

Posted on June 26, 2018
 

Incredible reaction during a hectic time. Very thankful for Damian's bravery and heroism.

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Firefighters share meal with Waco teenager who saved neighbor from fire

Waco Tribune-Herald

When Damian Richardson rushed into his neighbor's home on June 15, he thought nothing about the growing fire in the backyard of the East Waco home.

"Everyone just migrated down the street, but no one really knew what was going on," the 17-year-old Waco resident said. "No one knew if he was in the house or not, so while everyone was knocking on the front door, I went in through the side door."

Richardson recounted the rescue of his 69-year-old neighbor, Kelly Burns, during lunch at Firehouse Subs with Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum and several other firefighters. The fire crew set up the lunch to serve as informal thank you for Richardson's heroic assistance that day.

Richardson said he rushed into the home in the 500 block of Lottie Street and found Burns asleep. He woke him up and helped him outside, uninjured. The fire spread to two sheds, Burns' home and damaged a neighbor's home, thanks to winds and dry conditions.

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