Off-duty firefighter pulls couple from burning home - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Off-duty firefighter pulls couple from burning home

(Source: NOFD graphic) (Source: NOFD graphic)

An off-duty New Orleans firefighter rescued a couple from a burning home early Saturday morning.

According to a news release from the NOFD, firefighter Roddrick Harrison noticed flames coming from a roof behind a bar at the corner of Frenchmen and Burgundy around 2:30 a.m Saturday.

He immediately notified Fire Alarm. Then, a woman told him her daughter was still inside an upstairs bedroom.

Harrison went into the home on his hands and knees and found the bedroom door. He found a man and woman still in bed, but it took some doing to get them out.

By Harrison's account, "They seemed to be a little incoherent or disoriented so I had to shake them to get them to focus. I literally had to pull both of them out of the bed to get them up and moving."

Harrison said he had to drag the man down the stairs and out of the house to safety.

Harrison also stopped another man who ran back into the burning house to get retrieve some items.

The NOFD says when fire engines arrived, he helped them hook up to the hydrant.

Supt. Timothy McConnell praised Harrison for his bravery, "This is an example of a young firefighter going above and beyond, risking his life while off-duty to save the lives of two others. We're extremely proud of Roddrick and I'm sure the couple whose lives he saved are eternally grateful."

The rescued couple was checked out at the scene and refused further treatment.

Seven NOFD companies and 22 firefighters had the fire under control at 3:01 a.m.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

    College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-12-13 20:38:04 GMT

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    more>>

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    more>>
  • Roy Moore responds after Senate loss to Doug Jones

    Roy Moore responds after Senate loss to Doug Jones

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 10:58 PM EST2017-12-14 03:58:33 GMT
    (Source: Moore campaign)(Source: Moore campaign)

    Roy Moore has released a statement following his loss to Senator-elect Doug Jones in Tuesday's election.  Moore released a video to the people of Alabama. The transcript is below: Tomorrow, my wife and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. I want to thank her and all my family, for standing with me through this long and arduous campaign. And of course, I want to thank all of you who have stood with me in this very important battle for the future of our country. We ...

    more>>

    Roy Moore has released a statement following his loss to Senator-elect Doug Jones in Tuesday's election.  Moore released a video to the people of Alabama. The transcript is below: Tomorrow, my wife and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. I want to thank her and all my family, for standing with me through this long and arduous campaign. And of course, I want to thank all of you who have stood with me in this very important battle for the future of our country. We ...

    more>>
  • Mother accused of subjecting healthy son to 13 surgeries, needless medical care

    Mother accused of subjecting healthy son to 13 surgeries, needless medical care

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:19 PM EST2017-12-13 17:19:53 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:35 PM EST2017-12-13 17:35:01 GMT

    Authorities said Christopher Bowen's mother confined him to wheelchair at various times, and at times, he was fed through a tube in his small intestine.

    more>>

    Authorities said Christopher Bowen's mother confined him to wheelchair at various times, and at times, he was fed through a tube in his small intestine.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly