What started as a walk with his wife and dog in Clay last February, ended up as the rescue of a mother and two children from a house fire.
Tech Sgt. Brian Matthews, in the 174th Attack Squadron at Hancock Field, heard the smoke detector alarm at a neighbor??s house, told his wife to call 9-1-1 and ran to help.
He saw a mother and her two children on the second floor and they said it was too far to jump, so Matthews ran to get a ladder from his home and helped them down.Matthews says his military training helped him respond quickly, and the Red Cross honors him with this year??s Real Heroes Military Award.