Man honored for rescuing man from burning building

South Bend, Ind. The council honored a local man they're calling a hero.

Charles Butler, who lives in Mishawaka, saved the life of a South Bend man last month. He was on his way to get something to eat, when he noticed a home on fire in the 1600 block of South Leer Street.

Butler could see 65-year-old Jim Denny inside on the floor. So, he ran inside the burning home and pulled him out.

“I didn't think of it, just ran at it. Just tried to help him out the best I could,” says Charles Butler who saved a man from a burning building. “Called 911 and they were there real quick, so thank god for that, because I didn't know what to do after that.”

“This man saw a life threatening situation and didn't think twice,” says South Bend Fire Chief Steve Cox. “A gentleman is alive today.”

Denny's family says he suffered from smoke inhalation and burns to his hands and face. Butler says he hopes to meet the man he saved once he recovers.


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