SPD officers rescue paralyzed man from Cedar Grove house fire


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport police officers pulled a paralyzed man from a burning home late Monday afternoon in Cedar Grove.

70-year old Tony Carter lived in the home with his 72-year old wife, Orean Carter. They live across the street from neighbor, Eleanor Butler who noticed the flames on the side of the home on the 500 block of West 76th Street.

“I ran across the street and knocked on their door. She (Orean) opened the door, I said ‘your house is on fire.’ I dived in there. I grabbed her. I tried to get her husband, but I couldn’t get him so I called 9-1-1,” said Butler.

Shreveport Fire Department EMS Officer Clarence Reese says SPD officers Rodney Keaton and Austin Paige spotted heavy flames coming from a one-story wooden home while patrolling the area just before 5:00 p.m.

“At this point, we have to credit the life of that gentleman to those two officers,” said Reese, “Due to their brave and heroic acts, that gentleman is still alive.”

Orean Carter was already outside and told the officers her disabled husband was still inside. The officers were able to rescue Tony Carter by pulling him out of a bedroom window.

He was taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. His current condition is unknown.

Shreveport Fire Investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.

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