Local woman praises firemen for saving her

Temeka Swims with the firemen that rescued her from her burning home, Dustin Williams, (left), and Tyler Bierdeman (right), along with Battalion Chief Willie Wright, back.

Staff Photo/ Galen Holley

Staff Writer

   Temeka Swims was frightened to death, and ready to jump from the second-story window of her burning home, when two firefighters from Grenada Fire Department came to her rescue.
   Shortly before 4 a.m. on June 2, Grenada firefighters from all three stations responded to a call at 18 Deanna Cove, in the Sundown Community. When they arrived on the scene they found Swims’s home involved in flames and billowing smoke. Swims, who was awakened by smoke detectors in her upstairs bedroom, was at the window screaming for help.
   “Half her body was out the window, another minute and she would have jumped,” said firefighter Tyler Bierdeman, a 21-year-old with just seven months on the job. “It’s a picture that won’t ever leave my mind,” said Bierdeman. He and fellow fireman Dustin Williams, along with their colleagues from Fire Station One, rushed to address the situation.  
   “Station Two was already on the scene, and had a hose line pulled,” said Williams, 30, a five-year veteran.
   Swims was trapped upstairs and heat and smoke were filling in around her.

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