Good Samaritan saves 80-year-old woman from fire

Victim's family credits college student's actions

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WMAR) - Captured on camera---a fire in a home on Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie, which caught Carleen Perez' mother totally off guard.    
    
"A lot of people were taking their cameras and taking pictures, but somebody actually knocked on the door and said, 'You need to get out of the house!'" said Perez.
    
Initially, the family had little more to go on to find the Good Samaritan than a picture of him taken at the scene holding a folder suggesting he was a student at Anne Arundel Community College.

"Mom is 80 years old.  She's also fighting Multi Myeloma cancer and she has COPD so her breathing... she has issues with breathing,” said Perez, “So we were so thankful that this person... I know his name is Tre... that helped my mom get out of the house and basically in my eyes is a hero to helped to basically save her I think."
    
80-year-old Gail Johnston got out of the house in the nick of time, and a few hours later, Tre Williams and his mother stopped by and checked on her wellbeing with her family.
    
For his part, Tre says he's not interested in any recognition for his actions, but Johnston's family could hardly be more thankful.

"I think the Lord put Tre here at the right time," said Perez, "His mother mentioned to me that he's in college and stuff, but he doesn't ordinarily walk down this way.  So to me it was an angel that was sent that was here at the right time to knock on my mom's door and let her know, 'Yes.  You need to get out.'"

Paramedics transported Johnston to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with minor injuries and she has since been released.
    


 

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