12:05 PM PDT, September 8, 2021
Mark Collum heard his neighbor calling for help around 5 a.m. on Sunday and sprung into action.
“There were flames billowing out the back, smoke filling up the kitchen.”
Ron Merry, the Rowley Fire Captain who also helped put out the fire at Collum’s home in 2001, told the outlet that by the time the firefighters arrived on the scene, Deb Shanahan had already been carried to safety.
“There’s a side story to the whole thing that’s just ironic,” Merry told WCVB.
“I don’t know if a lot of people would do that.”
“I’m glad things worked out today,” Collum told WCVB.
“I’m just glad I was here and did the right thing.”