HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBMF) - The tones go out, and Scot Boyter is back to work, hopping in his truck and going to the next call. This the same routine Boyter has had for 19 years working as a firefighter and EMT with the Horry County Fire Rescue.
This past weekend Boyter was on a different task, he was with what he calls the "brush truck," used when there is a wildfire danger like on Saturday with the high fire alert. Boyter said he was in Conway when black smoke could be seen from the road. Then he and his crew rushed to find the source at the Windsor Green Complex.
"It was like a war zone," recalled Boyter. "I've never seen anything like that before. All the woods burning, all the buildings starting to burn - people running and screaming."
Boyter started to respond to those screams, which lead him to Britewater Court.
"We kicked her door in," Boyter said. "She was standing there panicking - she didn't know what was going on. The fire was going past her front and back doors. Basically, I grabbed a coat, threw it on her head, and grabbed her, and ran out the door."
The woman was rescued, and her family have since been in contact with Boyter over the phone. He said she is still too distraught to talk about what happened to her on Saturday, but she is doing okay.
"They were thankful," Boyter said. "I told them if there is anything I can, do let me know."
Boyter said he first wanted to be a firefighter at the age of 13 when he went out on his first call with his dad in Loris. He thinks every first responder deserves to be called a hero.
"We all did a great job," he said. "No life lost - I believe that was the best news all of us heard."
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