STERLING – Just as the sun was coming up April 4, Jordan Young spotted a column of smoke as he drove down East LeFevre Road near Platt Park. He decided to find out why.
The 30-year-old arrived at a house in the 2000 block of East Seventh Street and found a large fire in the front part of it.
According to a narrative from the Sterling Fire Department:
Young asked a neighbor, Cherry Hatten, who was outside, whether she had called 911. She said she had.
Young knocked on the back door repeatedly, which woke up Eunice Karr, who answered the door. She was in town after the loss of her mother the week before.
Karr told Young that her brother, Douglas Karr, was sleeping in the front living room. When Young got there, Douglas already was getting up.
“He heard me yelling,” Young said. “It all happened so fast.”
Young helped Douglas get outside.
Once the Karrs were safe, Young got back into his car and went to work. He is an assistant manager at Walgreens.
The fire department arrived shortly after and quickly put out the blaze, officials said.
Monday night, Young accepted a Citizen Involvement award from the City Council. He was credited with saving the Karrs’ lives. The audience gave him a standing ovation.
“This is what makes us proud to live in Sterling,” Mayor Skip Lee said.
After the council meeting, Fire Chief Gary Cook thanked Young.
“You could have driven by, but you didn’t,” the chief said.