Off-duty firefighter in shorts helps rescue Mo. woman from house fire

O’Fallon Fire Protection District Firefighter Matt Chapman worked with a police officer and a deputy until Central County Fire and Rescue firefighters arrived

By Leila Merrill

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. — An off-duty firefighter noticed a home on fire and sprange into action to rescue a resident from the home Tuesday morning.

Matt Chapman, an O’Fallon Fire Protection District firefighter, was joined by a St. Charles County police officer and sheriff’s deputy, who all worked together to rescue a woman from a burning residence. 

“I pulled the fence down and got the windows out and then I tried to go in first and was kind of laying across the bed and I could hear her yelling for help,” Chapman told Fox2now.

Central County Fire and Rescue firefighters arrived and with direction from the three men, found the woman.

“They kind of forget about their own lives to help and save this lady,” said Andy Parrish, O’Fallon Fire Protection District Assistant Chief.

“I didn’t even think twice about it and neither did any of the other officers that’s a good thing in my book,” says Chapman.

The resident sustained serious injuries and was transported to a hospital, KMOV reported.

The three men were treated and released for less serious injuries. None of them had fire protection gear with them at the time. The firefighter was wearing a shirt and shorts, and the two law enforcement officers were in their uniforms.


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