Family's Home Saved Thanks to Strangers

By: Derek Shore Email
By: Derek Shore Email

Ivan Edgerson is looking at what was once his garage.

He got a frantic call that his house was on fire, and after losing his home in Hurricane Katrina, his mind returned to hard times.

"The first thing that of course went through my mind was 'Oh no, not again'," Edgerson said.

But thanks to some strangers, it wouldn't happen again.

Before the Edgerson's even got home, help had begun.

Melvin Nutall is an A/C repairman and was on his way to a service call.
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"He stopped and got out of his vehicle and went and put the water hose on the fire to contain it, to keep it from going to the actual house," Edgerson said.

A stranger who had no obligation to help, but he doesn't see it that way.

"I just felt like if it was in my home, I would have good neighbors passing by or good semaritans that would help out." Nutall said.

And until today, the Edgerson's hadn't met Melvin or had a chance to thank him.

Because if it wasn't for Nutall and other citizens, the fire would have quickly spread and the Edgerson's could have been homeless once again.

"Not everyone would actually do what he done," Edgerson said. "Also my neighbors, also not everyone would do what they done, and I really appreciate everything they've done for us."

A true show of human kindness.

"I did what I was taught," said Nutall.


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