Alexandra Rancont was delivering the (Livingston, Mich.) Daily Press & Argus early Thursday morning when she noticed an “orange glow” at one home. “[I]t wasn’t likely that an elderly man would be having a bonfire at that hour,” the DP&A’s account of the events says of Rancont’s thinking.
Rancont pulled in the driveway to determine was was happening, and upon noticing the fire, called 911. The carrier then ran around the house, pounding on the windows of Dale Thurston’s home, and windows in hope of waking occupants.
The carrier’s efforts were successful after about 5 minutes, she said, as they awoke Thurston, 76, who was able to escape the burning home without injury.
In a video interview, Thurston says Rancont is “a blessing.”
“I don’t remember what she looked like but I can tell you right now I love her for what she did,” he says.
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