WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Westfield Firefighter Stephen Makos is alive today because of fire Captain Rebecca Boutin's heroism. She risked her own to save his.
22News reports how she saved his life the night of that potentially deadly house fire, when Stephen Makos was trapped by the thick smoke in the attic.
According to Makos, "In my heart, you know I can honestly say if it wasn't for Becky and my fellow firefighters that day, there's no doubt in my mind, that my mother would have been going to my funeral. I couldn't have come much closer than I did to not making it out of the house alive. When Becky realized I didn't come out to change my air bottle, she went back in to search for me.
Captain Boutin told 22News, "It wasn't even a matter of thinking, it was just pure reaction knowing that my friend, my co-worker was in that condition, I knew he was in big trouble, and I know I just had to get him out of there. What I was able to do, I got on my stomach and spread out as far as I could. He was using my legs to spread out as well, and I'm looking for him with one of my legs, my foot. Not only is Steve a Co-worker, all of us firefighters, we have a family tradition; we're all brothers and sisters. I've been friends and co-workers with Steve for 20 years.
Makos said, "Since that day, I've also been reunited with two sisters I never knew I had. And if it weren't for Becky, I never would have that reunion with my sisters as well."
Stephen Makos' long lost sisters will attend the heroes breakfast March 28th, when the Pioneer Valley Red Cross honors hometown hero Captain Rebecca Boutin.