GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A chicken plant worker is credited with saving the life of a blind 76-year-old man by crawling beneath thick smoke to rescue him from his burning home in Gainesville.
Both men were treated for smoke inhalation after the Monday morning fire, city Fire Chief Jon Canada told The Times of Gainesville.
Tray Ross, who works at a chicken plant nearby, said he ran toward the home after co-workers said it was on fire.
“I heard him hollering, ‘I’m in here. I’m in here,’ ” Ross, 20, told WSB-TV.
Ross said he went inside, where heat from the flames burned the inside of his nose as he inhaled.
He began crawling on his belly and kept listening for the man’s desperate shouts.
“I was crawling, and I finally grabbed his ankle,” Ross recalled.
He said the man grabbed his hand, and Ross was able to pick him up and carry him out through the front door.
Ross credits his training as a volunteer firefighter in Blairsville with helping him make the rescue.
“Although his decision could have resulted in serious injury to himself and he did receive smoke inhalation injuries, his decision resulted in saving the life of the occupant of the home,” Canada said.
The blind man was rescued shortly before firefighters arrived, the fire chief said. His name was not immediately available.