Life-Saving Award given to Iowa Park residents

IOWA PARK - Four people in Iowa Park residents were called heroes at the Iowa Park city council meeting for saving the life of one their own in last Thursday house fire on West Alameda Street and the community came together to congratulate them on their bravery.

Last Thursday afternoon, the scene on Alameda Street was dark and smoky from the house fire. 

Kathy Papp saw the smoke coming from the house and immediately went to get help.

Although she is being hailed a hero tonight she said she can't take all the credit. "It was a God thing. I mean there was a team of people that it took to locate him and get him out so it wasn't just me, it was a lot of people in place," she said.

One of those people also there that night was Police Chief Robert Johnson. He told us, "We're out here for the people, we don't care who you are, what you look like, we're here for everybody and if you need us, we're here, if it's saving your life, that's what we're here for, that's what we get paid for, that's what we love doing." 

Police Officer Derek Vann and Assistant Fire Chief Lewis Skinner were also present to accept the life-saving award.

Everyone was so humble. Kathy Papp said she did what she hoped everyone else would do if they saw a house burning and someone was inside. 

Chief Johnson said although it's their job, he feels honored to have gotten this award tonight, and as for homeowner, Gene James, he is out of the hospital and recovering well.


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