Off duty sheriff's deputy helps save seniors from house fire - CBS46 News

Off duty sheriff's deputy helps save seniors from house fire

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A Rockdale County sheriff's deputy is recovering after he helped save residents at a senior living facility in Walton County.

The fire broke out late Thursday night in the 4900 block of Highway 20. Burned blackened debris is all that's left after the fire.

"I looked out here to see what the siren was all about, and I saw the big fire," said Makhyal Pohlel, who lives next door.

Investigators said the smoke and flames broke out shortly after 11:30 p.m. An off duty Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy called it in.

"The house sits about 200 feet off the road, so we are very fortunate and lucky that as he drove by he just happened to catch it. He made a call and like I said, he assisted some of our units to extricate some of those patients," said Jeff Stone, a Battalion Chief with the Walton County Fire Dept.

Firefighters said five residents and a caretaker survived the fire, but were rushed to the hospital and treated for no life-threatening injuries.
The deputy was taken to the hospital after hurting his arm. Walton County first responders said they are thankful, but not surprised the deputy sprung to action.

"We don't like the term hero, we just think it is another thing we do every day. It just seems to put us on a pedestal, and we just feel like we do our job. He was doing what he is trained to do just like the rest of us," said Stone.

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