Good Samaritan Reunites with Family After Fire Rescue

Corey Anderson rescued Kaeriel Evans from her burning home

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    Kaeriel Evans was reunited with the door-to-door salesman who rescued her from her burning home in Garland. (Published Thursday, Mar 14, 2013)

    A Good Samaritan in Garland was reunited with the girl he saved from a burning home on March 1.

    Eighteen-year-old Kaeriel Evans was trapped inside her home in the 1600 block of Homestead Place, until Corey Anderson, a door-to-door salesman, made the bold rescue.

    Anderson never comes up to visit guests empty-handed, but the best gift he ever gave Evans, was her life.

    "I'm just glad to meet her, finally meet her and glad she's okay," said Anderson as he hugged Evans.

    This was the first time the two reunited since Evans’ rescue two weeks ago.

    "I pray that if I was in that situation, that somebody would help me out too, or my family," said Anderson.

    The Rowlett salesman was working in the neighborhood when he noticed smoke and heard a neighbor screaming.

    "I was scared," said Evans.

    Anderson broke a window and got the teen out. 

    "I am blessed to have her here, she is our life, I mean, we love her more than anything in this world and I don't know what we would do without her," said Kim Lewis, Kaeriel's mother.

    Ironically, Anderson was actually going door-to-door, selling fire alarms.

    "Part of our description is we're out there to save lives, how funny is it that I was at the right place at the right time to assist Kaeriel," said Anderson. I'm just glad I was there."

    While Evans, who is diagnosed with Down syndrome, spent nearly a week in the hospital, Anderson checked on her status with the family every day.

    The family has since moved to another house in Garland. They are trying to rebuild their lives after losing nearly everything in the fire.

    "Thank you for saving Kaeriel's life," said Lewis. "Because without you, she would not be here.”