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Off-duty medic saves woman in burning building

The Md. medic said she just did what came naturally to her when she rushed through the thick smoke, found the woman and brought her outside

By EMS1 Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. — An off-duty Baltimore paramedic who rushed into a burning building and saved a woman said she just did what came naturally, ABC News reports. 

Paramedic Fatima Hawkins spotted the fire on 36th Street before responders arrived, and rushed through the thick smoke to find a woman trapped inside and bring her out. The woman received oxygen when ambulances arrived and was transported to a local hospital.

“Someone is in there, and if I don’t do something quickly, they might die,” she said. “And if I’m able to do something without hurting myself, that’s what I would like to do.” 

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Bryan Moran Bryan Moran Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:19:38 PM Human Life is so Precious and Fragile! There's something inside You that makes you Go into Action without concern for Safety of Your Own.
Allen Winters Allen Winters Thursday, May 01, 2014 6:41:44 PM Great job...I would do the same !!!
Jim Sutton Jim Sutton Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:12:29 PM Well done - make us all proud

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