ST. PAUL, Minn. -- If a picture's worth a thousand words, these may be worth a million. The St. Paul Fire Department released six images from the Wednesday night fire at a three-story home on the 800 block of Portland Avenue. The pictures show firefighters scaling two ladders to a third floor window where a worried looking young woman awaits their help.
"Upon coming around the house, my captain noticed there was someone in the third floor window hollering and screaming," said firefighter Bill Rondeau. "I happened to be the one to grab that ladder." Rondeau was the first one to reach her.
"We knew we were going to have to push her back into the house to get her adjusted and get her out due to the size of the window," said Rondeau, "Not wanting her to take in any more smoke we decided to put a mask on her to protect her airway."
Rondeau gave up his mask and he and his fellow firefighters brought her through the window feet first. Once on the ground, she was checked out and decided against going to the hospital.
"It was a very successful rescue for St. Paul firefighters," said St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard.
Thursday afternoon, the scene was drastically different in this picturesque St. Paul neighborhood. Other than a broken third floor window, it would appear nothing happened.
In reality, the St. Paul firefighters proved again that they truly are heroes, though they don't like to admit it.
"It's our job, it's what we're paid to do," Rondeau said. "It's what we love to do."