Garbage collectors save man’s life

MILLERSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – For the last two and a half years, Jerry Curtis has spent every Thursday picking up trash in Millersburg.

On August 5th, he and his co-worker, Kyle Wilson, were going along their usual route. Call it coincidence or fate, but they decided to take another loop around town after their lunch break, a decision that would save a man’s life.

After being alerted to the fire by a passerby, they came upon the house fire, with Tim Brewer laying helpless inside.

“I guess it was just right time, right place,” said Curtis.

Brewer says that the electrical fire started unexpectedly, and that he woke up to thick smoke and the sound of his window exploding. He knew the only way out was to try and crawl to the door, but he was barely conscious by the time he reached it.

“Me and Kyle, we pulled to the side of the road, heard somebody holler for help, so we went up, open the door, pulled Tim out,” said Curtis.

Brewer says that he doesn’t remember much from the moment, but that he thought he was going to die.

“If they hadn’t have shown up when they did, I wouldn’t be talking to you,” said Brewer.

Brewer, who is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient, sustained damage to his lungs and severe burns on his legs. While he was hospitalized for six weeks, he developed pneumonia as a complication to the lung damage. He is now recovering at his sister and brother-in-law’s house just up the street from his house. He’s thankful to be alive, but knows he’s facing a long recovery process.

“It’s probably going to be several more months before I’m back to where I was. Right now, it’s kind of an endurance type thing,” said Brewer.

When he recovers, Brewer plans to rebuild his home and is forever grateful he has that chance thanks to two strangers who are now like family.

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