Local woman says thank you to firefighters who saved her from burning home
A woman who escaped from a house fire on Windsor Street in Chattanooga last June was able to meet the firefighters that saved her.
Andrea Strickland tells Channel 3, she does not remember anything about that night. She says family and friends had to explain what happened 5 days after she woke up from a coma.
She was air-lifted to a Nashville hospital where she underwent two surgeries.
Strickland says she is still recovering but she is grateful for the men who saved her life.
George Johnson was one of the firefighters who rescued Strickland. He says when he saw the panic on the faces of her family members who made it out of the house, he realized someone was still inside. That's when he took action.
"I started to pull and drag, but she was in such bad shape that I put her over my shoulder. I was pretty much out of breath. I maybe had only one ounce of energy left, and thank goodness Captain Steele came in right in time to assist me, to get her to the door to the first responders, who were waiting for us outside,” Johnson tells Channel 3.
"They're my heroes. If it wasn't for these guys, I wouldn't be here. I am so grateful for all of them," says Strickland.
Strickland decided to stay in Nashville after she was released from the hospital; however, her mother convinced her to moved back to Chattanooga.
George Johnson has since taken a position with the Nashville Fire Department.