Survivor of Duncan fire leaves hospital and thanks senior who risked her life to save him

Survivor of Duncan fire leaves hospital and thanks senior who risked her life to save him

Nervous butterflies rose up in Suzanne Racine Thursday as the neighbour she saved from a burning mobile home in Duncan returned to the RV Park, having just been released from hospital.

“Very emotional. I’m feeling happy to see that he’s back home,” said Duncan resident Suzanne Racine.

It was a moment she had been waiting anticipating for nearly a month.

“I don’t know what to say,” said survivor David Munce, as he hugged Racine. “Greatest relief probably that a person can have.”

“I’m joyful that everything went the way it went,” added Racine.

Racine has been hailed a hero by the victim’s family and other witnesses following the incident early last month.

“If it wasn’t for her, that man would be dead,” neighbour George Cohwel told CHEK News on March 10.

After hearing a blast on March 7, the 70-year-old Duncan woman, who had been widowed just 10 days before, ran into her neighbour David Munce’s fully engulfed mobile home and pulled him to safety, moments before it exploded.

“Something tell me go, and I just go,” Racine told CHEK News on March 10th.

“She saved my life, took me out of that burning house,” said Munce.

“You don’t owe me nothing,” said Racine.

Munce was in a coma for seven days and badly burned as a result of the fire.

Thursday, he was released from the hospital, returning to a new home — an RV that was donated to him by the Duncan RV Park.

“The manager of the park donated this RV to David, and I’m gonna cry,” said Munce’s sister Donna Liptak.

“I feel great love and great joy that I have neighbours like this and a sister like this,” added Munce.

Creating a bond for life between Munce and Racine, after a heroic response to a friend in need.

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