Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

J-W newspaper carrier wakes up those who live in apartment building that burned down

Alex Victor and his father, Phil Victor, both paper carriers for the Lawrence Journal-World, alerted emergency dispatchers and residents of the Aberdeen South apartment complex to a fire. Residents of eight apartments got out of the building unharmed thanks to their actions.

Alex Victor and his father, Phil Victor, both paper carriers for the Lawrence Journal-World, alerted emergency dispatchers and residents of the Aberdeen South apartment complex to a fire. Residents of eight apartments got out of the building unharmed thanks to their actions.

October 8, 2009

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Aberdeen South apartments fire

Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded to a fire call at Aberdeen South apartments, 4700 W. 27th Street, shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday.

Phil and Alex Victor were dropping off copies of the Lawrence Journal-World to subscribers on their regular route in the Aberdeen South apartment complex Thursday morning when Alex noticed that something wasn’t right.

I saw smoke coming off the corner of the building,” said Alex, who delivers papers with his father. “I got a little closer to just see what was going on. I could see little flickers of either sparks or fire.”

That prompted Phil, who has been delivering papers for about a year, to call emergency dispatchers to report a fire in the apartment complex.

The father and son then did what they both thought was the next logical step. They started waking people up.

“They were startled to have somebody ringing their doorbell at quarter to six in the morning,” Phil said. “At the time, (the fire) wasn’t very big, but it spread very quickly.”

The two knocked on the doors of all eight apartments and residents were able to get out of the building unharmed, thanks to the Victors’ quick action.

“I didn’t stop and think about anything,” Alex said. “(We) just did what feels like should be done.”

Resident Kim Springer called the men “good Samaritans.”

“He was going around ringing everybody’s (doorbell) trying to get them out,” Springer said. “Everybody got out.”

While Phil and Alex were waking residents, their delivery route was still on the back of their minds.

“We’re supposed to have the papers delivered by six,” Phil said. “(We) let them know we were going to be late.”

After taking time out of their regular morning routine, the Victors got back to business.

“Once the help was there,” Phil said, “we went ahead and finished the paper route.”

Comments

Jessica Hull 5 years, 7 months ago

So shines a good deed in a weary world! Willie Wonka

mommydaycare 5 years, 7 months ago

what a great story and great job to those men!!!

Nathan Atchison 5 years, 7 months ago

forget broadband man these guys need capes.

bondmen 5 years, 7 months ago

Now because of their successfully observant actions J-W can advertise 'receiving our paper can save your life' or 'getting J-W is a matter of life and death.'

DaniB 5 years, 7 months ago

"He who saves one life, saves the world entire."

Thank you for potentially saving my brother and his girlfriend's life. I won't forget!!!

Sharon Aikins 5 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful! Nice to see a story about someone doing something good for others. Nicer to see that we appreciate it and them. Good job guys!

Joe Hyde 5 years, 7 months ago

The Victors really did something special here.

Firefighters would know the answer to this question: If an apartment fire originates in the roof (causing it to burn downward into the structure) could a typical ceiling-mounted smoke detector pick up the presence of fire particulates in the air before the roof and ceiling collapse in flames onto the sleeping second floor occupants? I'm guessing that ceiling detectors would not have saved those people.

The Victors saved them, that's what I think.

throwdown_wallet 5 years, 7 months ago

You two are heros. Thank you for being the type of people who, in a moment of crisis, chose to help others.

wagonburner23 5 years, 7 months ago

What an unbelievable sweater. I need one of those today. Job well done guys.

supernik 5 years, 7 months ago

KUDOS to the Victor's - its always great to read good news!!!

kusp8 5 years, 7 months ago

Way to go!! Now if only we can get them to hang out with captain Shullennerger (hero on the Hudson) the world would be perfect. Haha.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Its a sad day when we hail as heros people who do something that I what excpect any decent human being to do. the question, thus, is this: if these guys are heros, are we losing our decency as a culture?

123smilie 5 years, 7 months ago

good job lex! see, i TOLD you you weren't worthless! ^^

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