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Guard Captain helps save New Lisbon family from fire


NEW LISBON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Wisconsin Air National Guard Captain on his way to work helped rescue a New Lisbon family when their home caught fire.

On August 30, Capt. John McKenna, also of New Lisbon, was headed to work at Volk Field when he saw smoke in the distance. As he drove up to the home, he could see smoke pouring from the attached garage.

Realizing the family was probably sleeping at 6:40 a.m., he banged on the front door and rang the doorbell to wake them.

After calling 9-1-1, another passerby arrived.  The two men finally were able to wake one of the residents, who was able to get her husband, who in turn got the couple's three children out safely.

Although they weren't able to save the garage, McKenna's actions led to firefighters keeping the fire from spreading to the home.

McKenna figures he was at the home for about 15 minutes.  He then went to work at Volk Field.

"Anybody who drove by would have done the same thing," he said. "If I didn't happen to drive by at that particular time and call 911, there could have been a different outcome."

Information for this story came from the Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs Office.

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