Brian Long was late to lunch on Wednesday.
And not because he slept in or forgot.
Long, a retired firefighter from Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, stopped to help a stranger in need.
Long, with his mother in tow, was driving on Biggs Highway when he and his mother saw a pillar of black smoke. "I was just driving by when I saw the smoke. I stopped to help. I was taking my mother to Denny's," said Long.
A Dodge Ram pickup truck caught fire in the driveway of the home of Mike and Martha Poole in the 1400 block of Biggs Highway. The truck was parked within a few feet of the home. Long got out of his car, ran to the house, and asked Martha Poole for her garden hose.
"My goal was to keep the gas tank cool and keep it from spreading to the house. I usually don't come across things like this but that fire was definitely in the engine," said Long.
Firefighters from the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun arrived on scene a few minutes later. They used suppression foam to put out the fire.
Martha Poole was tearful and shaking as she approached Long to thank him and hug him. "Thank God he stopped. I was on my porch. I heard something pop and I smelled smoke. The truck hasn't been driven since Saturday," said Poole.
After Long left the scene to continue his trip to Denny's, Poole realized she didn't even know Long's name.
Assistant Chief Larry Underwood was incident commander during the truck fire with exposure to a residence. He knew that Long stopped to lend a hand. "It's nice that he made an effort," said Underwood.
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