Austin fire chief recognizes man who jumped into action

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and Bryan McLaughlin, at right (KXAN Photo)
Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and Bryan McLaughlin, at right (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — He’s exactly the kind of person you want living in your city.

The Austin Fire Department recognized a man Tuesday who literally leaped into action when he saw smoke.

Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr read part of a letter Bryan McLaughlin’s girlfriend wrote about the day of the fire last August. He spotted smoke coming out of an apartment complex.

We pulled over, jumped out, and discovered that a fire had burned through the third story porch and onto the second story porch. No was was home at either apartment. While I called 911, Bryan started scaling wall, column, balconies with zero hesitation, all the way to the third floor. Neighbors created a water bucket line and passed them up to Bryan who put out the fire that was continuing to spread on the dry deck wood.”

Bryan is a former US Navy rescue swimmer.  He’s taking classes at ACC and working for Capitol Kia.

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