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Two Wake men save neighbor trapped in fire

Posted December 13, 2010
Updated December 14, 2010

— Two men lugged an unconscious man and his recliner to safety Monday after fire broke out in an upstairs unit of a Garner Road apartment building in Wake County.

When cousins James Cathey and Reginald Dudley heard the smoke alarm sound in the apartment above them, they followed the smoke upstairs to check on their neighbor.

When they got no answer at the door, the pair went inside.

"When we walked in, we couldn't see nothing but clouds," Dudley said.

They opened a window to clear some of the smoke and saw their neighbor unconscious in his chair.

"I shook him, and he wouldn't move," Cathey said. "He wasn't breathing or anything."

Without hesitation, each grabbed one side of the recliner and moved the man to safety.

recliner Pair save neighbor from fire

"We went out the back door," Cathey said. "We pulled him out in the chair. We pulled him and the chair out."

Once they got outside, the men started CPR until paramedics arrived. The victim regained consciousness and was taken to WakeMed. Neighbors said he was later transferred to UNC Hospital.

Authorities did not release the man’s name or condition.


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  • knockitoff Dec 14, 2010

    Now THOSE guys are true NEIGHBORS!!

  • dwr1964 Dec 14, 2010

    Thank God for people who still care for others. It is conforting to know those are still out there.

  • Tax Man Dec 14, 2010

    Merry Christmas! Thanks to the Heroes here!!!! God Bless you gentlemen.

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  • sweet4you Dec 14, 2010

    this warms my heart. thanks for a job well done guys

  • k2tal38 Dec 14, 2010

    Awesome job guys!!!

  • newwake Dec 14, 2010

    Way to go guys!!! This is good to hear that there are people still like this around!

  • SweetB Dec 14, 2010

    Awesome!! I love hero stories!

  • cwood3 Dec 14, 2010

    God's angels were there yesterday. These two men are absolute heros.

    Governor-when you hand out your hero awards next year, here are the first 2.

  • gandq1234 Dec 14, 2010

    Way to go, excellent job. I am really proud of my brother. I love you.....