March 12, 2007

Positivity: Neighbor Saves Praying Elderly Woman From Fire

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From San Antonio, TX:

POSTED: 7:44 pm CST March 4, 2007
UPDATED: 11:39 am CST March 5, 2007

A neighbor saved an elderly woman from her burning home Sunday morning on the city’s West Side.

Humberto Niavez braved the flames of 86-year-old Susie Llano’s home around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Niavez said he was awakened by the flames and did the first thing he could do think of.

“I went straight through and I saw her sitting on her bed,” Niavez said. “I said, ‘Susie, let’s go. The house is on fire and I can’t breathe.’”

At that point, Niavez said he grabbed her and pulled her out of the smoldering home.

Llano’s relatives said Niavez coming to their loved ones rescue was an answer to prayer.

When Llano noticed the fire, she began to pray and continued to do so until her neighbor rescued her.

Rudy Orozco, Llano’s nephew, said he is grateful that Niavez came to the rescue.

“(My aunt) is always helping everybody and now I’m just glad I have neighbors to help her,” Orozco said. “I’m glad she’s okay. Thank you, Jesus.”

Relatives overwhelmed Niavez with hugs and appreciation after the rescue.

Niavez said although he’s considered a hero, he was just being a good neighbor.

“I’m just a neighbor looking out for my neighbors and I would do this for anyone around here or anywhere else,” Niavez said.

Llano was not injured by the fire.


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