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CU employee saves woman from fire
HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/23/11)--An assistant branch manager at American Heritage FCU's Horsham, Pa., branch came to the aid of a handicapped woman who was trapped as her house went up in flames Feb. 16, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA). Lynnette Heary put the People Helping People philosophy of credit unions to work while she was taking a walk during her lunch break in the neighborhood near the Horsham branch of the Philadelphia-based, nearly $940 million asset credit union. While walking, Heary spotted an older woman trapped upside-down under a wheelchair at the bottom of the cement stairs in front of the woman's home. Rushing to the woman's aid, Heary found the woman's home quickly going up in flames, said PCUA. The woman said her family lived across the street, but she was too disoriented to locate the correct house (Life is a Highway Feb. 22). Heary called 911 and began knocking on doors to locate the woman's family. She then stayed with the woman until police and the fire department arrived. Horsham police later called the credit union's branch to thank Heary for her bravery.


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