A heroic airman from the Tennessee Air National Guard didn’t think twice before running into a burning building on Jan. 20 to save the life of a man that was trapped.
According to WVLT, Lt. Michael Bean, was one of the first to arrive at the burning home.
Without hesitation, he charged in.
“My first thought was, ‘I hope we can get to the home in time’ because house fires normally move rapidly,” Bean recalled. “Upon arrival, we noticed a woman in the driveway who told us that the man was still inside.”
As Bean sifted through the burning building, he managed to locate a 57-year-old disabled man inside.
“On our way out, we noticed several oxygen tanks inside the doorway and began throwing them outside,” explained Bean. “Then we wrapped our jackets around our faces and made a second attempt. The heavy smoke made it very difficult to see what was in front of us. There were small fires throughout the home, which smelled like burning chemicals.”
“I noticed he had injuries from the fire and smoke. We picked him up and carried him outside. Sgt. Caldwell and another deputy, Christian Carrier, helped us carry him to a safe location,” Bean said, according to DVIDS.
Shortly after that, EMS paramedics arrived on the scene and took the injured man to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is still recovering.
Bean credited his army training for teaching him how to be part of a team.
“I have always been part of a team,” Bean stated, recounting the assorted sports he played in high school. “I wanted to continue that experience, gain an education and set a foundation for my life. The Air Guard is a much bigger team with far greater responsibilities that have helped shape my life.”
“The Air Guard has taught me to have a sense of service and commitment. I have been able to handle stressful responsibilities when faced with adversity,” he added. “Situational awareness and attention to detail have helped me in my civilian career.”
Now that is a true hero, through and through.