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