MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A teen in Chickasaw is being hailed a hero after he risked it all to rescue his grandfather from a burning home.
The same blaze killed his 83-year-old great-grandmother , who has been identified as Elizabeth Parker.
Relatives are preparing to bury Parker on Friday, July 12 after the massive blaze gutted her 9th Avenue home in Chickasaw while she slept.
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Parker's son said he was in the home with his wife and grandson when the fire broke out in a back room. He said he was in the den watching TV and rushed his family outside when he noticed the blaze.
"I went in there and told them to go outside and I was going back to try and help my mother," said Rickey Parker. "That's when I was overtaken with flames."
Parker said his elderly mother was asleep in her bedroom.
When he didn't return after some 15 minutes his 16-year old grandson, Cody Luke, ran inside and tried to find Parker in thick black smoke.
"I seen him in the hallway, at the end of the hallway laying down, so I just ran up there as fast as I could and tried my hardest to drag him out," said Luke.
Parker collapsed from the smoke at the door of his mother's room.
Luke said he dragged his grandfather outside where medics could get to him.
Rickey Parker was taken to USA Medical Center in critical condition, where doctors told his relatives that he was lucky to be alive.
The 16-year-old told FOX10 he didn't have time to think - he only reacted.
In the midst of such a tragic loss, the family said it is certainly counting its blessings.
"I didn't know what I could do," said Luke. "I was just sitting there watching this happen and you think in your head you can do something. I don't know what I would do if he wasn't okay."
Meanwhile, visitation for Elizabeth Parker will be held Friday, July 12 at Radney's Funeral Home in Saraland.
The visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a burial to follow at 3 p.m. in Lyeffion, Ala.
If you would like to help with medical and final expenses, a benefit fund has been set up through Wells Fargo.
The name of the fund is "Elizabeth and Rickey Parker Benefit Fund."
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