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83-year-old Spanish Fort fire victim in recovery, family thankful for teen's bravery

(Source: Family of Billy Edwards) 83-year-old Spanish Fort fire victim in recovery, family thankful for teen's bravery
(Source: Family of Billy Edwards) 83-year-old Spanish Fort fire victim in recovery, family thankful for teen's bravery

We're learning more about a dramatic rescue in Spanish Fort this past weekend.

When Demorrist Shaw saw his neighbor's house on fire, the 18-year-old jumped into action.

He didn't hear a response when he knocked, kicked in the door and saved his 83-year old neighbor Billy Edwards.

Edwards' daughter Damita Boyd wrote NBC 15 this statement:

"He wasn’t asleep. What really happened was he smelled smoke and went to the kitchen where the hot water heater was located and he opened the the door and he said the floor and hot water heater was on fire and everything poofed.

At this point he couldn’t get out of the back door and he turned to go to the other side of he house and the power went out, so he couldn’t find the other door. So the young man thought he was asleep because he didn’t answer initially, but my dad said he heard him calling him and that helped lead him to the other other door. Therefore, my dad told him to kick the door in.

He remains in the hospital and could possibly be admitted to rehab to continue to recover. He is still weak and continues to be treated from the smoke inhalation.

Our entire family near and far, and my dad's friends that I spoke with today, and his wife and the many others that are so grateful to Mr. Shaw for being in the right place and the right time. For his courage. And in the midst of facing fear, he overcame it and was determined not to leave without Mr. Billy.

I know without a shadow of doubt the hand of God was in the midst and positioned Mr. Shaw to be there for such a time as this. My dad may have lost everything he had in that house, but God saved his life!

We thank everyone for coming that night from all over the neighborhood, calling, text, and for the many prayers and the continued prayers that are coming from all over the country."