OAKWOOD — Brandon Martin said he’s not quite sure how he was able to help a woman escape her burning home last Friday afternoon.
The 25-year-old was at his own home in the unit block of Lee Street in Oakwood when he heard someone screaming. He called 911 and went outside to find smoke pouring out of his neighbor’s trailer.
When he got inside he said saw his neighbor lying on her back.
“Honestly when I got over there I kind of blacked out. I just knew that she needed saved,” Martin said. “Her mouth was open and completely black.”
He said he grabbed her arms and started to pull her out the front door. They were just outside the building when emergency personnel arrived on scene.
The Oakwood Area Fire Protection District confirmed Martin helped save the woman’s life. Fire fighters extinguished the fire before it spread further, and said about two-thirds of the trailer and its contents were saved.
They tried to rescue her dog, which was hiding inside the trailer, but the pet did not make it out.
The victim’s mother told Martin she believed her daughter was alive because of him. The family has updated him on her recovery; she is now being treated for her burns and breathing-related issues in Springfield, according to Martin.
Tracy Allen, Martin’s mother who lives on the same street, said her son doesn’t think of himself as a hero – even though emergency personnel shook his hand and told him so.
“He said, ‘I don’t know how I did it, Mom,’” she said. “I told him the adrenaline took over his body and he just did what he needed to do.”
“I’m glad I was able to help her,” Martin said. “But that’s something I never want someone to have to go through.”