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Vietnam Veteran sacrificed his life to save neighbor

Vietnam Veteran Killed Trying to Save Neighbor in House Fire
November 30, 2012
by Daniel Hight
WREG Memphis

It’s not always like the movies, sometimes acting heroic will cost you your life.

The Shelby County Fire Department says a man was killed trying to rescue a woman from a burning home Thursday evening.

The courage of 69-year-old Willie Harris cost him his life. It’s the kind of bravery you would expect from a Vietnam veteran who went into a burning home to help save a disabled woman.

“I was like ‘wow’,” said Marcus Webb, a neighbor. “I was astonished to see that.” Harris made it back out but it was enough to kill him. The homeowner managed to climb out of a window as flames gutted the home.
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