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Lynchburg Firefighter Awoke Family Sleeping Inside Burning Home

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Jesse Macdonald shakes hands with Firefighter Travis Guthrie Jesse Macdonald shakes hands with Firefighter Travis Guthrie

Lynchburg, VA – A Lynchburg firefighter took a different way to work Sunday morning, putting him in the right place, at the right time to save a family.

Travis Guthrie was driving on Perrymont Avenue around 6:30a.m., heading to nearby Station 3, when he saw flames coming from the porch of a home.

"I was driving up Perrymont, all the power and everything was out. It was dark," said Guthrie. "I caught a little glow out of the corner of my eye. I had actually gotten about two houses up and just something didn't sit right. I put it in reverse and I came back."

Guthrie called 911, while making his way toward the burning porch.

"I just kind of opened the door and stepped back and beating on the door as hard as I can, hollering that they got a fire on the porch," said Guthrie.

Jesse Macdonald was asleep on the couch in the front room. Macdonald was startled by the banging at first.

"You go from thinking someone's trying to harm your family to realizing they're trying to save your family, it's an indescribable emotion," said Macdonald. "It really is very amazing."

Macdonald, his wife, four children, and dog all made it out of the house safely. They are being helped by the American Red Cross.

Macdonald is an Iraq war veteran and Bronze Star recipient. He was featured in the ABC 13 Heroes from the Heart of Virginia special in 2012.

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