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Chattanooga man saves disabled woman in an apartment fire, another woman in flood

Brian Brewer was raised by his foster family from middle school through high school. (Image: Andy Smith)

A man from Chattanooga saves the lives of three people.

In 2004, he rescued a woman and her baby from a flood, and just a few months ago pulled a disabled woman out of an apartment fire.

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises the young man who will soon be recognized by the American Red Cross for his heroism.

Brian Brewer says it seems he's always in the right place at the right time.

He credits the love of his foster family for encouraging him to always help others.

It was December 7th, 2004 and Brian Brewer was driving to school on Boy Scout Road.

That's when his foster brother, Andy Smith, says Brian saw a mother and her child trapped in their car, the flood waters rising.

"Brian had just gotten his lifeguard certification through the YMCA and so he jumps out of the car and says, 'Don't worry ma'am. I'm a lifeguard, I'm here to save you,'" said Andy.

Newschannel 9 interviewed Brian after the heroic rescue. He was just 17 years old.

"I just love people, I love kids," said Brian in 2004.

Fast forward to this June, and Brian hears screams coming from the third floor of Stone Ridge Park apartments in Chattanooga.

The American Red Cross says he ran into a burning apartment and carried a disabled, elderly woman to safety.

"He's going to try and find somebody, somewhere, that he can help out," said Andy.

So Andy says its time someone helps Brian.

We capture the emotional moment as he surprises Brian in the middle of a staff meeting at his job.

"On behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we want to Pay It Forward today to Brian and give him $500 cash!" surprised Andy.

Brian told his co-workers how his foster parents encouraged him to always do the right thing.

"They have been so special to me, they gave a child who was on the wrong path, going the wrong way a chance, and they said I'm going to love on you," cried Brian.

And he certainly made his love known with a big ole' squeeze.

Brian Brewer will be recognized as a Good Samaritan during the American Red Cross Luncheon Wednesday, October 11th.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for being a local hero? Nominate them here.

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