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January 1, 2009 - 7:22pm

Man, 72, jumps from second-floor window, extinquishes fire and saves his wife

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

Quick thinking and the amazing athleticism of a 72-year-old resident of a Bank Street townhouse  may have saved the lives of him and his wife as he single-handily battled a fire, according to a Democrat & Chronicle story.

Something awoke the couple at about 3:40 a.,m. this morning, and the man -- who is not identified -- jumped from his second floor window, grabbed a shovel, smashed a window and extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived using water and a five-gallon bucket.

The couple was treated and released for smoke inhalation at United Memorial Medical Center. The man also sustain some cuts on his feet from broken glass.

The apartment, at 337 Bank Street, suffered enough damage to make it unlivable. It did not have a working smoke detector, according to Chief Tom Dillon.

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Wow. That is beyond impressive.
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I hope I can jump off the couch at 72. Dude's a stud. What's up with Howard's grammar?
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Boy oh boy if the Buffalo Bills could draft that guy....
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There's a guy who doesn't have to worry about a Valentine's card.
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Seriously he is a HERO ! Is there a way to donate items or money to him ?
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Gabor, He is a hero, but I am a journalist. I'm always looking for cash :)
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What the heck does that mean ? I got all sensitive and now you da funny one. People hate me but luv you. Thats worth a buck or two eh ?

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