Teen firefighter saves woman from burning house

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News
A rookie firefighter helped save a woman from a burning home in Acushnet.

On Sunday night, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter saved a women from a home engulfed in flames in Acushnet, Massachusetts.

Adam Hebert had only been on the job for six months. Sunday night's fire was his first major one.

"It was instinct, I was just doing what I've been trained to do," Hebert told CBS Boston.

Hebert and his cousin, Paul Frysinger, 28, pulled a 52-year-old woman from the burning home.

"He [Paul] was the first in, and I backed him up," Hebert said, "and as we dragged the hose in, we had to fight our way through the smoke and flames to the second floor landing. We knocked down the flames, then we heard the cry for help."

The woman, who was conscious and alert at the time of the rescue, was airlifted to a nearby hospital where was treated for burns to her feet and smoke inhalation and was listed in serious condition.

Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher praised the young firefighter for his heroic rescue, but told FOX 25 that the young volunteer is still too young to participate in the long-standing tradition of the chief buying the rescuer a drink.