CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Cherokee County Fire officials recognized the efforts of a trash collector who pulled a 65-year-old man from a burning home on Thursday morning. Sadly, however, the victim ultimately died.
The agency said 911 operators had received a call that the house there may still have people inside, including a 65-year-old man who was unable to get up and was possibly in a wheelchair.
"Minutes later, 911 received a call from a man who identified himself as the trash collector and he had gotten the man out of the house and no one else was inside," the fire department's post said.
Upon arrival, Fire Capt. Josh Wilkie assigned one firefighter to help the 65-year-old man, who was lying in the front yard, as others worked to extinguish the home.
However, the department said the man ultimately died after being taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for treatment. The fire department added that the man's wife was also taken to the hospital and is OK.
It took roughly 45 minutes to put the fire out; the cause is still under investigation.