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.