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Off-duty W.Va. FF saves wheelchair-bound woman in apartment fire

Tornado Firefighter Joshua Taylor suffered smoke inhalation during his rescue of a neighbor



By Bill Carey

TORNADO, W.Va. — An off-duty West Virginia firefighter is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a woman from an apartment fire.

Tornado Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Joshua Taylor was home on the evening of July 11 when he was alerted to a fire in his neighbor’s apartment building, WOWK reported.

“The fire was really intense in that room when I first went around the corner,” Taylor said. “The only thing I could think about was just getting her out and not even worrying about my safety.”

The woman who lived in the apartment was in a wheelchair and would not have been able to get out by herself.

“Thanks to the quick actions and the training of the fireman that was here to rescue the lady and he also shutting the door behind him, he actually saved this apartment building,” Tornado Volunteer Fire Department Captain Greg Whited said. “He did a great job, couldn’t be prouder of him for what he did.”

Taylor was treated for smoke inhalation and the woman he rescued was treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

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