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05/27/05

Moss Point Family Reunited With Fire Hero

"When I opened up the door of my bedroom, I saw that it was a big fire," Chanel Payton said.

She grabbed her two children and quickly got out of the smokey Meridian Street home.

Payton's brother Darian didn't know Payton had already escaped. He went back in to find her and found himself engulfed in danger.

The hand prints on the wall show Darian was trying to get out.

"I knew that if I would have ran back here to tell him 'Darian, I'm saved,' my children would have ran back inside that house. By this time, the fire was up real high, and I couldn't come back to the house," Payton said.

Feeling helpless, Payton fell to the ground.

"I was on my knees praying to God and that's when I heard Darian crying. I hear him shouting, screaming my name."

That's when a man in a pickup truck drove up and asked Payton if she needed help. She told him her brother was still inside the home.

The man ran into the home, brought her brother out, then vanished.

"I didn't hear anything. I don't know if he left his truck on, or what. He just left."

But now the man who saved the life of a stranger, isn't a stranger anymore.

Deadrick McCune was the good samaritan who happened to stumble upon the Moss Point family's disaster that morning. He says he risked his life for a stranger simply because it was the right thing to do.

"I was just taught if you see someone in need of help or if you know someone in need, you try to help them the best you could. I was just doing that," McCune said.

"You are our hero in our eyes because you risked your life to save someone else's. You're a hero to us," Chanel Payton said.

Payton believes the fire started with a pot left on the stove. It wiped out everything the family owned.

There is a benefit fund set up for the Chanel Payton at Singing River Federal Credit Union.

Payton says she's also in need of clothing, household items and furniture. If you would like to help, you can call the family at (228) 990-1506.

by Jaimee Goad

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