DELHI, LA – A 64-year-old dwelling nurse died saving her paraplegic affected person from a home hearth earlier than firefighters arrived Monday, Delhi officers report.
Gwendolyn Theus pulled her 71-year-old affected person out of her mattress and tried to push her out of a window to save lots of her from the hearth, however was overwhelmed by the smoke.
Earlier than members of the Delhi Hearth Division arrived on the scene, neighbors additionally got here to the affected person’s rescue. They tried to maneuver the affected person’s mattress out of the bed room earlier than pulling her away from bed, the Louisiana State Hearth Marshal’s Workplace stated in a launch.
“Ms. Theus’ valiant efforts to place her affected person’s life earlier than her personal are each admirable and heartbreaking,” State Hearth Marshal H. “Butch” Browning stated. “Our prayers are along with her family members and with the surviving sufferer for her restoration and lack of her devoted nurse and good friend.”
Firefighters arrived simply earlier than 6 p.m. and finally pulled each girls out of the bed room in an try to save lots of their lives. The affected person was airlifted to a burn unit in Mississippi and officers say she is anticipated to recuperate.
Officers say Theus alerted the disabled affected person of the hearth and tried to wheel her mattress out of the bed room, however as she tried to elevate her affected person and push her out of the window, she succumbed to the smoke.
The house didn’t have working smoke alarms.
That is an ongoing investigation.