Beverly Guynn, 76, lost everything in a fire last month, but she survived thanks to the heroic actions of a New York State trooper.
MACHIAS, N.Y. — By the time Beverly Guynn, 76, realized there was a fire inside her home along State Route 16 in Machias last month, it was too late for her to escape.
“The smoke was so thick,” she told 2 On Your Side via cell phone video chat from a hospital nursing home facility, where she has been receiving rehab treatment.
She believes the fire may have started under her dryer. While Guynn was able to call 911, she couldn’t get out of the house in her wheelchair.
“The house is filled with smoke,” said Trooper James O’Callaghan, spokesperson for the New York State Police. “You obviously know it’s on fire… but you can’t see to get out.”
While Guynn waited for help, it just