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Rookie firefighter rescues woman from burning home

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Andrea Medeiros

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A rookie firefighter, who's just a teenager, is being called a hero. He and his cousin carried a woman out of her burning home in Acushnet. The rescue has one other coincidence that's hard to believe.

Rubble covers the ground outside Karen Szymczyk's house in Acushnet. She made it out of her burning home alive thanks to some brave firefighters.

"We heard somebody crying for I'm over here, help me," said firefighter Paul Frysanger.

"Almost zero visibility, heavy, heavy smoke conditions, that smoke was banking down on us, and it started to heat up a lot in there," said firefighter Adam Hebert.

Cousins Frysanger and Hebert pulled the woman, who lives alone, out of her second floor bathroom Sunday night.

The 52 year old was flown to Rhode Island Hospital with serious burns.

When firefighters first got to 46 Coulombe Street Sunday, they thought the place looked familiar and then they realized, this was the last rescue they had and it was two decades ago with the same family.

Acushnet only has a handful of fires a year, and these are the only two rescues the chief ever remembers.

"To go back to any location twice is a stretch, but to rescue two people from the same home with 21 years, two decades in between is truly astonishing," said Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher, "It blew our minds to be honest with you."

Also amazing, is rescuer Adam Hebert was a 19 year old rookie just out of training.

"I mean, like I said this was my first real fire going into the building and everything like that, and it's definitely a memory I won't forget," said Hebert.

"Dynamic duo, you know, I'm proud that he was behind me and I'm proud to share this moment with him," said Frysanger.

A candle burning in Szymczyk's bedroom started the fire. Her home is now a total loss, but Hebert and Frysanger find comfort in knowing Szymczyk is alive.

 

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