Battalion Chief Chris Rowe says it was a case of right place, right time, right job
Long Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Rowe is the definitive reluctant hero.
doesn't want all the attention he's
"Not a lot to see," said Battalion Chief Chris Rowe of the Long Beach Fire Department.
"Smoke was heavy, I was down on the floor, found her
As a result, a 70-year-old woman was lucky to be alive Wednesday night.
was rescued from her
burning home by Rowe
, with the help of Gary Albin, a retired Marine.
Rowe works at Long Beach Fire Station 22.
Wednesday night at about 5:30pm, right after he
was home working in his
Albin and Rowe
could hear the woman's cries, so Rowe
ran inside the home wearing flip flops, and none of his protective firefighting gear.
found the woman slumped in a chair.
The home was badly damaged, but she
About the same time, his
counterparts from Station 22 were putting out the blaze.
"It doesn't matter if we're on or off duty," said Chief Rowe.
"If we see a problem, those in the fire service jump in to try to solve problems and make things better."
13 year old son, who captured some of the aftermath on home video, doesn't see it that way.