Deputy called a hero for saving woman from burning house

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy is being called a hero. Over the weekend deputy Jeremy Comans helped remove 66-year-old Sarah Gregg from her burning house. 70-year-old Morris Gregg got his wife out of the bedroom but he became overwhelmed by smoke.

"I had to two or three times to recover her. It took time to do it." Gregg said.

Deputy Comans arrived at the home just as Gregg came out of the house.

"Approaching the house smoke was coming out the front door. Ms. Gregg was just inside in the living room. I was able to get her out. Got her to a safer location," Comans said.

Gregg says his wife was in the hospital but is now back at home. Gregg says without Comans help she could have died.

"It would have been very severe. My wife dead, could have been." Gregg said.

Comans says his training paid off in the rescue. The 31-year-old deputy says while he works with the high pressure of the Jefferson County Sheriff's SWAT team, saving a life is gratifying.

"Every day out here you are faced with different situations. You go to make a decision and stick with it. The decision you make could change people's lives forever," Comans said.

Still, Comans credits Gregg for getting his wife out of the burning bedroom but Gregg is thankful there are people like the deputy out there willing to help in a time of need.

"If you need them, it makes you feel better," Gregg said.

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