Clackamas Firefighters to Meet Developmentally Disabled Teen Whose Life They Saved in June

Clackamas Fire District personnel will have the chance to meet a young man whose life they saved just a few months ago. The crews who responded to and performed the rescue will host 19-year-old Timm Wilson-Kreuger and his family to a firehouse lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the CFD’s Milwaukie Station No. 2.

A fire broke out at Wilson-Kreuger’s home on 38th Avenue last June. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the sing-story home fully involved with an occupant — Timm — trapped inside.

Timm, who has Down syndrome and autism, had locked himself in a hallway bathroom when the fire started as the result of a cooking accident. After locating him, firefighters were able to make their way in low visibility and high heat conditions to a front window where he was lifted out and handed to a team of waiting first responders. Medical care was initiated before Timm was transported to an area hospital.

After extensive medical care, months in the ICU and continued rehabilitation, Timm has reached a point in his recovery where he is able to come and visit the crews who rescued him that day.

CFD Lt. Justin McWilliams, who was part of the search and rescue effort said, “Our mission is simple, ‘To safely Protect and preserve life and property.’ What makes this career so rewarding, is to see the impact we truly have on our public. We have built a relationship and amazing bond with Tammi, Kevin and Timm over the last six months, following a significant fire that almost took everything from the Wilson family.

“We get to celebrate Timm’s recovery together at the firehouse, which is less than a mile from the address that brought us all together.”

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