High school golf team saves woman from fire


A recent golf practice turned into a life-saving mission for some Minnesota teens who acted quickly to save an elderly woman from a burning building.

According to a Fergus Falls Journal (Minn.) report, the Underwood High School golf team was playing at Balmoral Golf Course when some of the players noticed that an apartment complex near the course was on fire. Several team members quickly ran to the building, and senior Chad Peterson was one of the players who helped to free a woman who was unable to walk after recent leg surgery.

"She was really upset," said Peterson, who received first-responder certification last year. "We kept her calm. Told her it was going to be alright."

While the seven-building apartment complex was completely destroyed, no one was injured thanks in part to the quick thinking of the players. The team members involved, including Peterson, were honored in a recent school assembly, and while principal John Hamann termed them heroes, Peterson downplayed his role.

"I'm sure others would have done the same," he said. "You don't really think about it. Your instincts take over."