Hero of the Year
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It was a snowy day in November when the unthinkable happened to Robert and Helen Rucosky Their home of nearly 70 years was up in flames. And Helen was inside. Her grandson was too. Robert was driving nearby. "They were slowing traffic to one way to get into the city and they saw it was me and I asked them What's going on? They said Your house is on fire." Meanwhile, Matthew Lamb was going about his daily routine, delivering the mail on a quiet street in Ferndale. He smelled smoke when he delivered the mail, but didn't think anything of it. But then he saw the flames come from the back of the house. He ran and got Helen Rucosky out of the house and then called 911 before realizing her grandson was also inside. Without delay, he ran to the back of the house to see Adam Rucosky in the window, 12 feet off the ground. Rucosky jumped, landing in Lamb's arms. The house meant everything to the Rucosky's. "It was an awful feeling, though When you live there all your life. Raised our five kids there. And, you know, it wasn't just a house... it was a home." It was a devastating loss that Rucoksy never expected to face. But it was made more bearable because the most important things inside were saved. "You know, I felt bad about that house and that But, you know, you can't replace your wife and grandson."