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Community hails Abilene man a hero for saving life in Taylor County home fire

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene man is being called a hero for saving a life in a house fire north of town early Tuesday morning. Generally considering himself a quiet person, following only a small group of friends, strangers on Facebook recognize Evander Rodriquez as a hero.

Rodriquez was able to save a man’s life by carrying him out of a burning house: “I’m grateful for that, but most of all I was fair – I was reacting.

As a Robertson Unit correctional officer, Rodriquez drives along Highway 351 almost every morning to get to work. But around 5 a.m. Tuesday, he noticed something he described as a bright orange light coming from a house. When he approached, he realized it was the house on fire, making this trip to work one he will never forget.

“I was set up, that’s for sure. I’m glad, at least, to have been able to do something and the friend I made today was too. Rodriquez explained. “As I walked up to the door, I was screaming. I could hear dogs, but an old man finally answered, and he said, “I’m inside.” I can not see. I can not see.

Rodriquez told KTAB/KRBC that he walked through the door and said he had been in the house for five minutes, but could barely breathe from the smoke. He pointed out that no one knows how long the man he rescued was stuck in the house.

“I picked him up like a kid and ended up running with him forward,” Rodriquez described.

After Rodriquez and another stranger helped him get the man out of the house, he knew they had to get away quickly because he noticed propane tanks.

Rodriquez continued, “As soon as we turn to look at the house, you can hear two small explosions coming from the propane.”

Monica Norman, Rodriquez’s mother, said she received a text from her son about the fire.

“I was like, ‘you ran into a house that was on fire?'” Norman questioned in disbelief.

As grateful as Norman is that her son is alive today, she told KTAB/KRBC, “I’m proud of him, but it’s scary. I can’t believe he did that.

Rodriquez said he did it because he knew if he didn’t act quickly, someone could die. He also said he wanted others to know the other person who was there to help him, but we were unable to get in touch with that man or the fire victim.

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