This morning just after 7 AM, Youngsville firefighter Terry Perry was pulling up to his friend’s house on Waiters Way in Youngsville, bringing him a bit of breakfast. Terry was just doing a nice thing for his friend Ransom Bennett who lives there. But it turns out he was about to trade in a nice gesture into saving the life of his friend.
Terry was bringing his friend a bite to eat since Ransom has had a difficult time getting around after an accident a number of months ago. Ransom recently returned home after several months in rehab following the accident.
When Terry pulled up this morning the front yard was full of smoke. “I thought someone was burning leaves,” Ransom said.
But it turns out it wasn’t leaves burning, it was his house. Terry Perry leapt into firefighter mode, went into the home, and helped his handicapped friend out of the burning home while sustaining some burn injuries along the way.
Ransom reported Terry had burned his arm helping him out of the fire. Terry was taken to the hospital by Youngsville Rescue & EMS. There is no word on his condition. Jessica Perry later reported he had sustained burns on his arms and legs.
We can only imagine what would have happened to Ransom Bennett if his friend Terry Perry had not arrived when he did.
Firefighters from Youngsville, Franklinton, and Mitchiner’s Crossroads descended onto the court. Wake Forest had been called in as well.
The homeowner, Ransom Bennett, said he believes the fire began in an area where the electric water heater and fuse box were located.
Youngsville Fire Chief Tommie Lloyd and Assistant Chief David Williams were on the scene and managing operations as the fire was successfully brought under control and extinguished.
While it is tragic that the event happened, members of local fire departments, Franklin Sheriff’s office, and Youngsville Rescue & EMS came together to save a life and extinguish a fire. Heroes all.