State’s Lt. Gov. aids in fire rescue

Bill Halter

The Associated Press is reporting that Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, along with a state trooper and a member of his staff, helped a woman in a wheelchair off the porch of a burning home.

Halter, on his way to a meeting with Paragould’s mayor Wednesday, told a reporter for the Paragould Daily Press that he saw smoke rising from the house fire about 10:30 a.m., according to the AP. Family members for the unidentified woman needed the help to lift the woman away to safety after she fell out of her wheelchair.

Halter spokesman Garry Hoffmann told The Associated Press that after the men got the woman into the front yard, flames shot out of a doorway. Hoffmann said Trooper Ramey Lovan suffered a slight burn to his arm. Halter apparently escaped unscathed.

Halter said he was “just glad all these people are going to be fine.”

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