February 4, 2013
Former Rough Rider rescues two seniors from burning home
By Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency
OTTAWA – A former Ottawa Rough Rider got two seniors out of their burning home Sunday morning.
Bruce Walker, an award-winning Rider wide receiver from 1979 to 1985, was heading to work at the Ottawa Athletic Club around 8:30 a.m. when he thought he saw a lot of smoke coming from a home.
He stopped, turned around and saw there was an SUV in the carport which was already fully aflame.
"It was engulfed in flames," he said. "And the flames were pretty high."
Walker could also see the house was beginning to catch fire, so he ran to the front door and banged on it. When nobody responded, he opened the outer glass door and hammered harder on the inside one.
"I saw an older woman walking through the kitchen in her night coat and pyjamas," he said.
He managed to get her to open the door and told her that she needed to get out of the house and call 911. He asked if there was anyone else at home and was told the woman's husband was still asleep.