SHA employee Thaddeus Perry receives praise for helping Lam Bow residents to safety

By Seattle Housing Authority

Given the speed at which the Sept. 27 fire at the Lam Bow Apartments in West Seattle engulfed the building, it was nothing short of amazing that all residents were evacuated safely and without injury.

This was due in large part to a Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) staff member.

Maintenance worker Thaddeus Perry was working in the nearby office when he heard a resident shout, “Fire!” He raced into the building with a fire extinguisher but quickly realized the smoke was thick and the fire too big to manage.

SHA employee Thaddeus Perry (center) receives a commendation from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (left) and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins for helping residents to safety during a fire at the Lam Bow apartments on September 27, 2016.

SHA employee Thaddeus Perry (center) receives a commendation from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (left) and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins for helping residents to safety during a fire at the Lam Bow apartments on September 27, 2016.

He and Seattle Police Department Sergeant Jim Britt, who had seen the flames as he happened by and had entered the building, went door to door in the burning building and guided everyone out to safety.

Along with Seattle Fire Department and Police Department first responders, Thaddeus received a commendation from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole for his bravery and quick action that helped save the lives of residents.

The Biella Foundation, a nonprofit based in Kirkland, donated $10,000 to the Lam Bow Fire Relief Fund. Additionally, they’ve pledged up to $10,000 more in matching funds so that others might feel inspired to give.

 

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