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Greenville Burn Victim Dies On Same Night Hero Honored

A burn victim died, on the same night that the man who rescued her was honored by Greenville city council.

The Chapel Hill Burn Center confirms that 73-year-old Sherry Bishop died Thursday night at the hospital.

Walter Pratt was honored for his bravery in getting Bishop out of her West Point Road residence on April 16th. Pratt was next door visiting his own mother when he heard a boom and saw smoke.

Her two daughters were at the ceremony Thursday night.


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A man in the east was recognized Thursday for saving an elderly woman as her house went up in flames.

The City of Greenville recognized Walter Pratt as a hero and honored him for his bravery.

It was a night full of tears of happiness as the daughters of 73-year-old Sherry Bishop watched the man that saved their mother's life.

There was a standing ovation throughout the Greenville City Council Chambers Thursday night as Walter Pratt of Greenville was honored with a plaque for his heroism for saving Bishop only four weeks ago.

Bishop's house caught fire. Her daughters now have Pratt to thank for saving their mother's life.

"He was here. He saw the fire. He could have just hesitated and called 911 and waited, but he took action its not something you see every day," said Bishop's daughter Edie McLawhorn.

Pratt, who was visiting his mother who lives next door to Bishop, says he heard a boom and saw smoke.

"I could hear her voice calling for help and it was getting lower and lower and lower, and I said I'm going to have to go through the window and that's what I did," said Pratt.

Once inside, Pratt says he felt around for Bishop and then guided her back to the window, only able to see two inches in front of him. Once back at the window, Pratt lifted her to safety.

"The first thing I thought of was I need to save her life," said Pratt.

Because Pratt never hesitated, Bishop's three daughters still have their mom.

"Phenomenal, as far as I am concerned he came straight from God. You know, people say be at the right place at the right time. That's God's timing," said McLawhorn.

Timing and selflessness that now has a family crying tears of joy their mother is still alive thanks to the actions of a complete stranger.

Bishop's daughters say that she is now off the ventilator and has been brought out of her medically-induced coma.

They tell us the next step is for the burns to begin healing. Bishop is still at the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill.


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