Mo. National Guardsman credited for saving woman from apartment fire

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ST. LOUIS — A National Guardsman is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was sound asleep inside her burning apartment building.

Dan Reece, a pilot and 22-year veteran of the Missouri National Guard, was first on the scene of an apartment fire in the 1100 block of Lemay Manor Drive on Monday. He said he was on his way to training when he saw the fire. Reece rushed inside to make sure everyone was out and that’s when he found Mary Ann Scheibel asleep in one of the apartments.

Reece wasn’t alone in his rescue efforts. Alongside him was St. Louis County Police Officer Michael Schira. Reece says Schira is the one who kicked down the door to Scheibel’s apartment.

“Somebody turned on the light switch and Mary was lying there, asleep in her bed,” Reece said in an interview with KSDK. She woke up and screamed because all three or four of us were right there. I grabbed the edge of the bed sheet and I told the guy next to me to grab the sheet near her head and we carried her out. It turned out to be a very good idea because she just had knee surgery.”

Reece said he was doing what anyone else would have done. One man was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay.

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