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Family Speaks on Rescuing Neighbor from House Fire

The family of a man who was saved from a house fire Thursday night in Franklin County is grateful for the heroism of a father and his two sons for rescuing their elderly family member.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - The family of a man who was saved from a house fire Thursday night in Franklin County is grateful for the heroism of a father and his two sons for rescuing their elderly family member. 

Friday was a well deserved day off from work for Scott Todd, who spent the day at home with his family. Officials say Scott along with his teenage sons Zachary and Cuyler, rescued Ralph Rubeck, 73, from a house fire on Kuhn Road in Peters Township Thursday night.

"Right now I'm feeling good. I just hope Rubeck is all right," said Zachary Todd, who rescued his neighbor. "I want him to come out safely, hope he and his family are okay, and are moving along with all of this."

"I think it is special to make an impact on someone's life, no matter who you do it to and it's always a special thing to improve someone's life or help them," said Cuyler Todd of rescued neighbor.

Scott says he noticed the fire at the Rubeck home as he let out his dogs. He then called his sons, going into the home and finding Rubeck stuck in the back end of the house. He says they were able to free Rubeck within a couple of minutes and took him to safety, shortly after fire units came to the scene, putting out the fire within 20 minutes and commended the Todd family.

"I'm just extremely proud of them for the effort they put in. They didn't give up," said Scott Todd. "Zach was there the whole time with Mr. Rubeck. He was the first one in the door, we all came out together, it was an amazing effort on all of us."

Scott says he would advise other people to think twice before they perform a similar rescue attempt, but says he would do it again due to his fire safety background.

Friends of Rubeck say he is now being treated for burns at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal Unit.

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