Man rescues elderly couple during severe storm

Published: May. 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM CDT
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Ken Brashears doesn't see himself a hero, but the people he rescued think differently.
Ken Brashears doesn't see himself a hero, but the people he rescued think differently.

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A man charged out into Monday's storms to rescue his neighbors. He left a shelter to bring an elderly couple to safety as the tornado warning sirens howled.

Ken Brashears said he did what any other good neighbor would do. He risked his life to save a woman, and then went back again to get her husband. Brashears was in a neighbor's shelter on Turtle Bay Way, near Bay Hill Marina when he got text messages from neighbors saying 85-year-old Bill Baxter and his wife, 82-year-old Phyllis, were in their home up the street.

"We got a text from our neighbors that said Bill and Phyllis are at home, and I'm just like freaking out," said Brashears.

With hail and debris flying, and rain wrapped winds blowing hard, Ken got into his truck and drove to the Baxter's home. Downed trees blocked their front and back doors, but he didn't give up. He found a way to get to Phyllis and carried her out of the house.

"I get up to their house, and there's trees over the cars, the front door, the back door," said Brashears. "There's just no way to access them, so I came around back and actually crawl through a window that's been blown out. I carried Phyllis out."

Brashears took her to the shelter, went back to the house, found her husband in the yard, and drove him back to the shelter. He said he's no hero, just a good neighbor. However, the people he rescued see it a little bit differently.

"It's really an emotional time," said Phyllis. "Thanks be to God and to Ken Brashears. He just really came to our rescue."

Brashears said good neighbors helped him too. The shelter he was in belonged to Gene and Delilah Schrader. There were 12 people in there, and he said they've always opened up their shelter when there's a major weather threat.

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