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Firefighters save Lamar County couple

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LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - If you ask Pine Ridge volunteer firefighter Larry Boyles, it was just another day at work, a call of a structure fire just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"Surprising morning to wake up to," said Boyles.

Also waking up was Oak Grove volunteer firefighter Russ Stone.

"At that moment we as volunteers got up, got dressed and went in route," said Stone.

Both men were rushing to a trailer on Marvin Hand Road just off of Hwy 11 in Lamar County.

"Just a lot of smoke coming out of the residence," said Stone, who was one of the first on scene, about eight minutes after the call which advised two people may be trapped inside. Once suited up, Stone, Boyles, firefighter Brian Johnson and sheriff's deputy Jason Alexander busted through the back door, searching for the man and woman inside.

"It appeared to be that they were sleeping in bed and the fire or the smoke woke them up. They evidently had gotten out of bed and we found them lying on the floor in the bedroom," said Stone.

"They were in the bedroom on the floor face down," said Boyles.

Stone and Boyles say the couple was unconscious and struggling to breathe. Once pulled from the trailer they were sent to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire was contained to the kitchen, which is where firefighters say it started. The flames were put out in a matter of minutes and it took less than an hour to make sure the hot spots were out as well. You could still smell the aftermath from the fire and luckily firefighters were able to save most of the home and say the damage can be replaced, but had anymore time passed, the outcome would have been much different.

"If we were not able to make an interior attack in this residence those people would not be alive today," said Stone.

"I'd say about another half hour later they would have... You know, a lot worse would have happened," said Boyles.

This was the first time either of the men engaged in a rescue mission and credit their departments' equipment and readiness for action.

"This really comes down to training and the appropriate gear and we've been able to establish all of this through the grant system," said Stone.

"That's what we are out here for. To save the people and try to save their contents," said Boyles.

Both victims were listed in stable condition as of Wed. afternoon, thanks to another day at the office for the men and women who put other lives before their own.

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