lady honored for saving her neighbor's life
of the Lamplight Villa in Milan are grateful for the fast actions
of one unlikely hero during a fire on September 18 that broke
out in one of the apartments.
It happened so fast, said Lorraine Watts. She had
just gotten home when she heard the alarm. She said she went
to check on her neighbor, Marlene Cook, when she saw the flames
in the Cook apartment.
Doris Weaver, also a resident at Lamplight Villa, called 911
while Watts went back into the Cook apartment to rescue her
friend. The room was engulfed in smoke, which made it necessary
for Watts to crawl on the floor as she searched for her friend.
Watts called out to locate Cook and then proceeded to pull her
out of the apartment. Once she saw her friend was safe, Watts
continued to bang on the neighboring apartments in order to
make sure all the residents left the building safely.
The Lamplight Villa Board of Directors presented a plaque to
Watts to honor her bravery. Lorraine went above and beyond
the call of duty, said board member, Tracy Meyer.
According to Meyer, the community pulled together after the
tragedy. Residents Doris Weaver and Johanne Graham opened their
homes to allow residents to call their families. The Red Cross
and the Milan Ladies Auxiliary were on hand to assist in any
way needed. Ripley Crossing housed three residents who had no
nearby family members.
The board is proud of how everyone kept their cool and
helped each other out, said Meyer.
Details of what caused the fire is still under investigation.
Life at Lamplight Villa has settled into a routine with residents
reminded of their buddy list and emergency evacuation procedures.
Lorraine Watts was an unlikely hero
during a fire at Lamplight Villa in Milan. Pictured from
left, Mike Alloway, Milan Volunteer Fire Department; Bill
Bruns, president of the Milan Elderly Housing Board, and
Tracy Meyer, secretary of the board, are handing Watts
(third from left) a plaque to honor her bravery.