Two men honored as heroes for saving girl from burning house

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 4:46 PM
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Two men who saved a 4-year-old from a burning building were honored by a local business Wednesday for their heroic acts.

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Louise Aronow and Ronald Aronow, of Career Personnel on Broad Street, thank Miller Jenkins (left) and Felande Ross for saving a girl from a burning house.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Louise Aronow and Ronald Aronow, of Career Personnel on Broad Street, thank Miller Jenkins (left) and Felande Ross for saving a girl from a burning house.

“When you call somebody a hero it has a nice ring to it, but my mama always said when somebody needs help you have to help them,” Miller Jenkins said after being honored.

Jenkins, 22, and Felande Ross, 19, entered a burning home at 3620 Meadowgrove Drive several times Aug. 6 looking for the 4-year-old girl they heard was inside.

Ross, who lives across the street, had been alerted to the fire by the girl’s two siblings, ages 7 and 9, who fled the burning house about 3 a.m. seeking help.

Jenkins, who does not live nearby, was in the area and heard calls for help. He said he was in the neighborhood because “something just told me to go.”

After the girl was pulled to safety, Ross continued to enter the home searching for the child’s father, 42-year-old Saxon Washington, until he was forced out by the collapsing roof. He then tried to attack the fire from the outside with a hose until firefighters could arrive.

Washington’s body was later recovered in the kitchen. Investigators said the fire most likely started on the stove.

Louise Aronow, the founder and president of Career Personnel, shared a Jewish proverb with the two men before handing them checks and plaques: A person who has saved a life has saved an entire universe.

“You young men are heroes not only in the community, but I know you’ve made your family very happy,” she said.

Ron Aronow, the vice president of Career Personnel, said the Broad Street business decided to honor the men after seeing an article on their heroic acts in The Augusta Chronicle.

He said it’s important for them to feel the support of the community.

Ross was awarded $500 and Jenkins $250. Career Personnel is also working with both men to find employment.

Ross said he recently had the chance to play with 4-year-old Destiny Washington, and what he had done sank in.

“It felt great,” he said. “I’m just grateful I did a great thing.”


Career Personnel has set up a fund to help Saxon Washington’s wife and five children, who were displaced by the fire. Contributions can be mailed to SunTrust Bank, Attention: Special Handling, P.O. Box 27572, Richmond, VA 23261, with checks made payable to Veree Washington Family Trust.

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Jake 08/15/12 - 04:53 pm
Young men of Augusta

You both are fine examples of thoughtful and brave young men from Augusta. Risking life in the face of danger is the true definition of a hero.

itsanotherday1 08/15/12 - 05:54 pm
Dittos Jake. Maybe these

Dittos Jake. Maybe these young fellows will use this as a motivational launchpad to future success.

HighSociety 08/15/12 - 08:08 pm
I third that. Great job!

I third that. Great job!

fatboyhog 08/15/12 - 11:09 pm

It's refreshing to see some good news in the midst of all the craziness going on in this world. Kudos to these two young, brave men!

palmetto1008 08/16/12 - 07:07 am
Could not agree more. Well

Could not agree more. Well done, men. Hug your mama for me, Miller. And, kudos to the Aronows for honoring them and beyond.

beboisme 08/16/12 - 07:52 am
What a wonderful form of free

What a wonderful form of free advertising for the Aronows and their business,Career Personnel, and to hand off 1,000.00 from them was amazing! I wish the young men a wonderful and full life and use this opportunity to really put yourselves out there in a great way. There is so much in this world that awaits you. Enjoy and soak up the greater possibilities!

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