“God used me to help that lady,” Man rescues woman from burning apartment

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)– A man is being called a hero, after pulling an elderly woman out of a burning apartment Wednesday afternoon.

A three-alarm fire broke out around 3:00 p.m. at Summer Place apartments on Azalea Road in Mobile.

Quinn Parrish lives at a neighboring complex. He was walking to the store, saw smoke, and ran over to see what was happening. He said he heard a woman screaming, “Help,” and Parrish jumped in to help. Parrish said, “One of the residents had said that somebody’s still inside the apartment saying help.” 

“God used me to help that lady. I am not the hero. God is the hero.”

Quinn Parrish

Parrish said he ran to help the complete stranger. “When I went to the other side, I seen the daughter come out, and the granddaughter come out, and I seen the grandmother still inside. All that smoke, all that fire and stuff, I just, I ran over there and yanked her out the window,” he said.

Parrish said he didn’t think twice about risking his own life by running into a three alarm fire. He said, “You don’t think about scaredness when you, when you realize that it’s somebody, but then I don’t even know her. You know, but I know this is somebody’s family. You don’t think about being scared or anything when it’s, when you know you can do something about it.”

He helped pull her to safety in a courtyard away from flames. Parrish said, “If that would have been my grandma, I would want somebody to do the same thing, so my heart goes to that. That’s somebody’s grandma that’s somebody’s momma.”

The most important thing to Parrish, Mobile Fire Rescue said a paramedic checked the woman’s lungs before she left for the hospital, and the department believes she will recover.

Parrish said, “She grabbed my hand. I told her to squeeze my hand and make sure she’s going to be alright. She’s going to be alright. She squeezed my hand real, real tight.”

But he did say he cannot take credit for the woman’s rescue. He said,  “God’s the hero. God used me. God’s the hero. God used me to help the lady so she, he’s got a calling for her, he’s got a calling for all of us, he’s got a calling for me too.”

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