Wolfhound acts fast, rushes in to extinguish kitchen fire

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Wolfhound Pvt. Nicholas Gibson, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt. and his wife, Bobbie, pose after his selfless action was commended with a coin from the division's senior enlisted leader. (Photo by Sgt Ian Crockett, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Wolfhound Pvt. Nicholas Gibson, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt. and his wife, Bobbie, pose after his selfless action was commended with a coin from the division’s senior enlisted leader. (Photo by Sgt Ian Crockett, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Karenlee Axe
2nd Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Pvt. Nicholas Gibson, assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and his wife Bobbie were taking an evening walk around Kahape’a Lane when their calm evening stroll took an unexpected turn, Oct. 15.

The couple saw two young children and their mother run out of their home.

When the pair approached the mother, she explained that her husband was still inside and that a grease fire had started in the kitchen. Gibson quickly entered the house where he found the husband with a fire extinguisher.

“I was worried when my husband had gone into the house,” said Bobbie.

Without hesitation, Gibson retrieved the fire extinguisher from the man so he could get closer to the fire and extinguish it.

“The blinds had completely melted from the heat,” Gibson said. “It had started to grow up the cabinets and to the ceiling when I got to it.”

As the two men continued their efforts to put out the fire, a third man came into the house with a neighbor’s fire extinguisher.

Despite their efforts, the fire couldn’t be extinguished until Gibson realized that the electrical stove was still on, giving it life. He decided to search for the breaker panel to turn off the power and prevent the fire from flaring back up again.

Once the fuse was switched off, the men were able to put out the fire. It was completely extinguished by the time authorities got to the scene.

Gibson was recognized by Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones, senior enlisted leader, 25th ID and received a coin to commend his heroic actions.

“Most people would have just remained outside and called for help from there,” said Jones.

(Editor’s note: Axe is the 2-27th Inf. Regt. unit public affairs representative.)

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