PAULSBORO, N.J. – The mayor of a New Jersey borough put his old skills to the test when he happened upon a burning home and saved a woman’s life by getting her out safely.
Paulsboro Mayor Gary Stevenson says he doesn’t consider himself a hero after rescuing the woman, a shift worker who was sleeping when the blaze broke out at her home on Tuesday morning.
Stevenson has been a member of the Gloucester (GLAH’-stur) County borough’s fire department since 1984 and also served as its chief for 12 years before becoming mayor.
The Democrat noticed the fire after leaving a funeral that was a block away from the smouldering home.
Fire officials say the blaze was electrical. It originated in the attic of the two-story house, which suffered extensive damage.