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Good samaritans speak out after rescuing man from burning home

Two good samaritans save a man from a burning home during the Paloma Fire. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Tiffany Lester)

One of the homes destroyed in the Paloma Fire Friday belongs to Mary and J.D. Lawler.

They lost all of their belongings, but escaped with their lives thanks to two good samaritans.

ABC 7 News spoke with the two brothers at the scene of the fire Friday to find out why they risked their lives to save someone else's.

"Natural instinct just took over," said Dallas resident Tyson Banks. "So, I just disregarded my own safety and so did my brother here and we just decided to see if we could help save somebody that was trapped inside."

Banks and his brother Terrance Mumphrey risked it all to run inside a burning home and save a man who was still sleeping in his bed during the Paloma Fire on Friday.

The fire burned 400 acres and multiple structures, according to the Amarillo Fire Department.

They captured the rescue in video and shared it with ABC 7 News.

The two men from Dallas were making a delivery in the area when they saw flames and jumped into action.

"If they would not have shown up, my mom would have been trying to get him up and we would have lost them both," said Dolores Hero, the daughter of Mary and J.D. Lawler.

"They could have been one of my own family members and I would have liked for someone to try to go in and help save my family members, so it's only right that we do that for someone else," said Banks.

Now the two men are being called heroes.

"They were our angels because as soon as they got him out of the bedroom and were going though the living room, the whole pfront art of the house blew up. Because of the two men, we have my mom and dad. Thank you fo giving us the opportunity to have more with mom and dad," said Hero.

The Lawler's are accepting donations of material items at the Loft Church on 34th on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m..

You can also make monetary donations to their gofundme page.

A donations page for Mike and Glenna Atchley has been set up as well, a family who lost their home from the Paloma fire on Friday. If you would like to donate, click here.

There is also a donations page created for James and Tammie Turner, another family who lost everything from the Paloma fire on Friday. If you would like to donate, click here.


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