Deputies rescue woman from fire in Grayson County

Deputy Coty Clifford (left) and Deputy Cody Sharpe (right). (Grayson County Sheriff's Office) (WSLS)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. – Two deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office made a heroic rescue after saving a woman who was trapped in a house fire in Galax.

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Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughn said around 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Deputies Cody Sharpe and Coty Clifford responded to a 911 hang-up call off of Sunny Brook Loop.

We’re told the caller could not respond, but the dispatcher could hear coughing. Upon arrival, Deputies checked a residence and spoke with the occupant.

Sherrif Vaughn said they proceeded to check the mobile home next door and found it to be full of smoke. Deputies Sharpe and Clifford entered the mobile home with zero visibility. They were able to hear someone coughing and used the walls to feel their way to the victim.

According to Sheriff Vaughn, the deputies were able to carry the female from the residence where she was treated by Galax-Grayson EMS and flown by helicopter to a NC hospital. Galax Fire Department also responded to handle the fire scene.

Both deputies were transported to Twin County Community Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation and later released, according to authorities.

The Virginia State Police and GCSO Investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.


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