Honoring a Hero For Saving a Life

We all ought to have neighbors like Bill Long, of Brooke County.

Brooke County commissioners honored Long recently, for what he did on the morning of Jan. 4, when he stepped out on his porch and saw his neighbor’s home was on fire.

“I knew the lady who lived there was 99 years old. I just took off running to get her out,” Long noted.

Translation: He risked his own life to save a neighbor.

Long is well aware of the danger of fire. He was a member of the McKinleyville Volunteer Fire Department before retiring, about 20 years ago.

And he is popular, as Pastor Brian Knight of the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene, noted. “It seems like everyone knows him.”

Speaking of his heroism, Commissioner Tim Ennis told Long, “Anyone in this room who knows you knows that’s Bill Long.”

Heroism is an attribute most of us hope we can display, should the need arise. Bill Long doesn’t have to wonder about that.


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