was doing yard work when he
rescued an elderly neighbor.
The battalion chief, Chris Rowe, called the rescue a neighborhood effort that began when a security officer contacted him by phone after seeing smoke.
Then, another neighbor joined Rowe
and used a garden hose to spray water through a sliding-glass rear door toward flames coming from the home's kitchen.
"We heard a low moan inside the back of the structure," Rowe
Wearing flip flops, jeans and a sweatshirt, Rowe
entered the house and crawled through floor-to-ceiling smoke toward the sound and rescued the woman.
On-duty firefighters dispatched to a call have time to prepare themselves for an emergency situation, Rowe
"This was instantaneous and relied on training," he