William Mackenzie was driving to work on a Tuesday morning when he spotted fire inside a widow’s home.
“It was a full-force fire, and by the time we got out, it was up to the power lines — and took a power line down,” William recalled.
He first saw the fire and the smoke rising from a nearby garage in his neighborhood. He quickly got out of his car to investigate. Concerned bystanders were there, and they told William that the home was occupied.
Inside, effectively trapped, was the 94-year-old widow.
Firefighters had been called, but William knew that time was running out.
“So I tried knocking fast and hard, trying to get her to come,” he said. When the widow didn’t reply, however, he tried kicking in the door.
He finally broke through by throwing his entire body into the door. William then shouted for the woman, and she finally responded.
“We got to go. Let’s do this!” he told her.
With smoke and heat surrounding them, and the flames from the garage getting closer and closer, William led the elderly woman out of the house and down the steps to safety.
Since saving the widow’s life, William has received adulation and praise.
“‘Hero’ is a big word, a heavy word,” he said. “I don’t feel I did anything heroic. I feel like I did the right thing.”
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