Passerby called hero for saving man trapped in fire

A lieutenant with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department was on his way to work just before 6 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed smoke coming from a home on US Hwy 15, south of Oxford.

January 4, 2012 7:21:29 PM PST
An off-duty volunteer firefighter is being called a hero after he saved the life of a disabled man whose home was on fire.

Chris Brogden, a lieutenant with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department, was on his way to work just before 6 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming from a home on U.S. Highway 15, south of Oxford

"He saved my life just in time," said Issac Skipwith. "He got to me just in time. Smoke was coming through the door and through the ceiling."

Skipwith, who is disabled and says he was on medication, was fast asleep before he awoke to someone shouting for him.

"It definitely was very serious," said landlord Francis Winston. "For one thing, with Issac having a disability, I'm not sure he would've woken up on his own."

Brogden jumped into action and rushed to Skipwith's window.

"I could hear him scrambling in his room. I took a piece of wood, broke a window out," said Brogden. "He came out reaching. I reached for him, and pulled him the rest of the way out."

Skipwith's brother was also home and escaped unharmed as the fire intensified.

"About 10 to 15 minutes after we pulled both of them out, the whole back of the house was fully involved," said Brogden.

It was quick-thinking and swift action that saved a man's life but Brogden doesn't boast.

"I think anybody would've done the same thing I did," said Brogden.

Right now, Skipwith and his brother are living with family. His landlord says there were three smoke detectors in the house. It's unclear if any were working.

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