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Assistant Fire Marshal rescues woman from house fire

February 13, 2013 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Judge's Office

Those employed in emergency response know the job does not come with normal business hours; in fact night calls are just a regular part of the business.

Yet for Parker County Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Watson, the night of Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 ended up as anything but regular.

He and his wife had put their son to bed and were getting ready for bed themselves when Watson said his phone started ringing.

It was ESD 6, Station 44 Battalion Chief Doug Walters, telling Watson that they had a fire near his home and asking him if he was familiar with the homeowner.

“I received the call from Chief Walters at 10:29 p.m.,” Watson said. “I was told that the fire department had just been toned out and the caller reporting the fire said she was trapped in her bedroom.”

Watson said he had met the woman, Terri Wood, and knew her to be visually impaired.

“Knowing I lived very close I just grabbed my keys and ran to my truck,” he said. “I was able to get there at 10:31.”

He said upon arrival the first thing he noticed was heavy smoke escaping from the home and a woman sticking her head out the window yelling for help. He called in his arrival to dispatch.

“It was a manufactured house so it was a distance of at least six feet from the bottom of the window to the ground,” Watson said. “I could see that there were no flames in her bedroom, just very heavy smoke. I ran to the front door of the house and checked the door for heat. I made the determination that there was not fire at the door.”

Watson said upon opening the door he could see nothing but smoke. He took a deep breath of the clean outside air and got low and hurried towards the woman’s bedroom, feeling for the door.

“You could not see six inches in front of your face and you could feel the heat from the fire, which was in the kitchen,” he said. “I got to her and told her to get a deep breath while she was leaning her head out the window. I quickly started guiding her from the bedroom towards the front door. As we made our way into the living room she became overwhelmed by the smoke and began coughing uncontrollably.”

At that point Watson had to grab the woman under her shoulders and pull her out the front door.

Watson, a certified peace officer, firefighter and EMT quickly took an assessment of Wood’s health and took her vitals. Her smoke inhalation was alleviated with oxygen that he had in his emergency vehicle.

While Watson was treating Wood, ESD 6 firefighters made the scene and put the fire out, saving the home by limiting the fire damage to the kitchen.

Wood said she was blessed.

“I am very grateful to Frank,” she said. “It was a blessing that he lives so close.”

Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott said risking a life to save a life is just part of the business.

“I am extremely proud of the effort put forth by Frank,” Scott said. “We are here to serve and protect. I am glad he was there to do it and that nobody was severely injured.”

Watson said the cause of the fire was determined to be the result of a stove being left on.

“It really was a team effort because as I was busy helping the home owner the firefighters were able to get in there and put out the fire,” Watson said. “I believe we were just minutes away from fire spreading throughout the house. Thankfully they were able to contain it to the stove, oven and vent-a-hood.”

Watson stuck around as firefighters worked until just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 venting the smoke from the house and making sure it was safe for Wood to re-enter.

Sports Calendar

Thursday, October 23

  • AHS at District Meet, Cleburne High School, 1501 Harlin Drive, Cleburne, Texas, 76035, 10:00 a.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. Victory Christian at Aledo Middle School, 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, October 24

  • AHS at Burleson;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy vs. Nazarene at Aledo Middle School;
    JH, 5:30 p.m.;
    Varsity, 7:30 p.m.
    *District Games

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 27

  • AHS Varsity Boys Orange at Maypearl Varsity Tournament, Mansfield National, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 28

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Weatherford Hall MS at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS vs. Burleson Centennial at Aledo, Parent Night;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 30

  • Aledo Middle School at Brewer, Brewer High School

  • Aledo Middle School at Stephenville Henderson J.H.;
    7B, 8C - 5:00;
    7C, 8B - 6:00;
    7A, 8A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

Friday, October 31

  • AHS Varsity vs. Granbury at Aledo Bearcat Stadium, Football Senior Parent Night, 7:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity at Newman International, 7:30 p.m. *District Game

Tuesday, November 4

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Wichita Falls Varsity Tournament, Canyon West, 9:00 a.m.

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