Keesler student's actions help save lives, property
By 2nd Lt. Nick Plante, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 28, 2007
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The actions of an off-duty Airman from the 332nd Training Squadron helped save lives and property in Alabama recently.
Airman Tony Morris, a precision measurement equipment laboratory student and native of Moline, Ill., helped control a fire that threatened the lives of nearly 22 people and property estimated at over $1 million in Grand Bay, Ala., Feb. 11.
The Airman and his wife, Tiffany, were driving back to Keesler from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. They stopped at a Stuckey's Gas Stop and Dairy Queen in Grand Bay.
When they pulled in, Airman Morris witnessed a tractor trailer back into an electrical transformer pole and drive off. The transformer ignited a field behind the gas station.
"The field was burning," the Airman recalled. "At first, I thought it was a controlled burn. I looked over and the transformer was black.
"I went inside and two men were on their way out, so I asked the manager if she had an extinguisher," he said. "She handed me an extinguisher and I ran out and helped. We kept the fire away from the gas station and sprayed it down until the fire department arrived."
Airman Morris said he fought the fire because it was the right thing to do.
"I couldn't have looked at myself afterwards if something would have happened and I didn't do anything to stop it," he said.
"We appreciate what he did to stop the fire," said April Sherlock, assistant manager of Stuckey's.