Woman Pulled from Fire Reunites with Rescuer

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A Dothan city employee pulled a woman from a burning home earlier this week.

News 4 was there Thursday for their emotional reunion.

“He was my angel from God. God had to have this hand on this place or we wouldn't be here,”

On Tuesday, Christy Cross was trapped inside a burning trailer on Highway 84 East in Dothan.

“The porch was just totally engulfed in flames. I mean hot, hot flames,” she said.

Today, she's thankful to be alive and she credits a Dothan city worker with saving her life.

“He saved my mom and he actually pulled me from a burning fire. There's not a lot people who would have done that,”
Chris McCarty was in the neighborhood on Tuesday on the job for the City of Dothan.

“We were coming along, exiting out from here and as we got past this trailer here we could see the smoke and the flames and she had table and chairs up here on the porch and it was fully engulfed,”said McCarty.

McCarty ran up onto the burning porch, helping an elderly woman to safety.

“Right up onto the porch, got her out and she says ‘my daughter's inside’,”

That daughter was Christy Cross. Without hesistation, McCarty ran into the burning home.

“I woke up and the house was on fire and this gentleman was standing in my living room,” said Cross.

“Going into a burning home like this you had to have some kind of reservations about your own safety?” asked News 4 reporter Tim Elliott.

“No,” he responded.

“Why not?”

“Well ya know when you got folks inside you don't think about things like that you just want to get the folks out,” said McCarty.
McCarty remains humble about his actions.

“A lot of people would consider you a hero,” said Elliott. “No,” said McCarty. “What do you say to that?” asked Elliott

“No.”

“Why?”

“I’ve done what I’ve done because it's what i should have done,” McCarty said simply.

“Saving a life of a fellow human being a fellow member of our community is paramount, it is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted and those actions should be rewarded and we do consider him a hero,” said Capt. Chris Etheredge with the Dothan Fire Department.

The experience forged a bond between McCarty and Cross; a bond that Cross believes will last a lifetime.

“I thank you and you are my angel and you'll always be in my heart and I cannot thank you enough for saving my mother and saving me, thank you!” Cross said to McCarty.

The Red Cross is helping Cross and her family get back on their feet.

As for McCarty, the Dothan Fire Department will present him with the Citizen Life Save Award


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