Com­mu­nity comes to aid of fire­fighter

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“It is never a good time (to be a fire vic­tim), but it hits home when it is a fire­fighter,” Wood said.

Close call

Shortly be­fore 4 a.m., Ed­munds is awak­ened abruptly when the ma­chine reg­u­lat­ing his breath­ing dur­ing sleep fell silent af­ter a surge in power — Ed­munds has sleep ap­nea.

Re­mov­ing his CPAP (con­tin­u­ous pos­i­tive air­way pres­sure) mask, Ed­munds is un­sure of the rea­son be­hind the power fail­ure. Putting on his clothes, Ed­munds walked out­side in or­der to ac­cess the base­ment door and check the elec­tri­cal panel.

Open­ing the door, Ed­munds is met by a wall of smoke, some es­cap­ing into the cool morn­ing air. Through the haze of smoke, he can see the red glow of the panel box.

“About the same time, the smoke de­tec­tor start­ing go­ing off,” said Ed­munds.

He ran back in­side and woke up his wife, grabbed his cell phone off of the counter and ush­ered his four pets (three cats and one dog, Clif­ford) out­side into the cold.

“By the time we were out on the pa­tio, I was call­ing the fire depart­ment,” said Ed­munds.

Usu­ally, Ed­munds is the one mak­ing pager calls and get­ting fire­fight­ers out of their beds for early morn­ing

Rick Ed­munds stands next to the area of his home which ex­pe­ri­enced the most fire dam­age. The board is nailed to the area where his bed­room used to be.

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