Ex-volunteer fire chief saved by Butler's finest
Two of Butler's finest are credited with saving a former volunteer fire chief over the weekend.
John Ryan was at his home on Belleview Avenue Saturday when he blacked out in his garage after a small explosion. Ryan says he went into the garage after he noticed a small glow. He says within seconds the whole roof ignited and his wife was unable to drag him out.
Sgt. Colleen Pascale, who is also a volunteer firefighter, and officer Bryan Gordon rushed to the scene and were able to drag him to safety. Sgt. Pascale says the two were able to get him out even though officer Gordon had inhaled a lot of smoke.
Ryan, who only suffered a few bruises on his hip, says he plans to speak to council members about officially honoring the two heroes.
"If they didn't pull me out, I was definitely gone," says Ryan.