The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 6, 2014

Beckley to honor men who pulled family from fire

Two Beckley men who pulled an elderly sister and brother from a burning home Monday evening will be honored by Beckley Fire Department and the City of Beckley, Beckley Fire Chief Billie Trump announced Thursday.

Randall Boyd and Larry Stoumile entered the home of 83-year-old Elsie Worley and pulled her and her brother, Jack Reed, to safety.

Both Worley and Reed are recuperating, relatives reported.

“We’re in the process of having a couple of plaques made up to commemorate what those guys did and show some appreciation toward them,” said Trump. “Literally, it’s one of those things where you care about your neighbors.

“It’s one thing to talk about it, but then, to put yourself at risk and actually go out to make things better, to take care of people who really need help and need it right then, I think it’s extraordinary.”

Beckley Common Councilman-at-Large Cedric Robertson said the award will be presented Tuesday during the regular Common Council meeting at Beckley City Hall.

“It’s an honor to have two young men who would put their lives in jeopardy to help save someone else’s life,” said Robertson. “I’m just so proud of them and proud to live in the city of Beckley, where we have citizens who care about one another.”

Both men had been notified of the awards Thursday morning.

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