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‘I’m just glad it ended the way it did': Tenn. FF recalls rescue of fellow firefighter

A Franklin firefighter was rescued from a floor collapse during a house fire

By Bill Carey

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — A Franklin firefighter is being recognized for saving a fellow firefighter who fell through a floor during a Jan. 24 house fire.

Franklin firefighters responded to the fire shortly before 11:00 p.m. The city of Franklin released dash cam and body-worn camera video from Franklin Police Sergeant James Phillips showing the initial conditions as firefighters arrived.

As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, Lt. Jeff Boggs heard a call for help, WSMV reported.

“I heard someone yelling for help and I was at the bottom of the stairwell so I walked toward the yelling,” Boggs said.

Boggs found Firefighter Tyler Chatham trapped in the collapse of the kitchen floor.

“I just grabbed him and pulled him up and I don’t remember what he said, but we walked to the front door,” Boggs said. “That’s where I left him with EMS, then went back to doing my job.”

Chatham suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Everybody on this crew is capable of doing that,” Boggs said. “I had the opportunity to do it and I did it. I’m just glad that it ended the way it did.”