MN golf team are heroes after carrying woman from burning building


Members of a Minnesota high school golf team are being called heroes after they carried a woman out of her burning apartment building.

The Underwood High School golf team was practicing at Balmoral Golf Course in Battle Lake last week when some of the players noticed a nearby apartment complex was engulfed in flames, the Fergus Falls Journal reported. (See video of the blaze above.)

A player called 911, while teammates Chris Peterson and Braydon Consley ran after their two coaches, who were headed toward the blaze.

They banged on doors, threw things at the windows and even kicked in a door to warn residents about the fire, Valley News Live reported.

Peterson, a senior on the team who has first responder training, and Consley helped carry a woman to safety, reports noted. She recently had surgery on her leg and was unable to walk.

"Dropped everything and help them. I didn't really think anything, just an adrenaline rush," Consley told WDAY.

It took 65 firefighters to control the blaze, which completely destroyed the seven-building apartment complex, KVRR reported. But no one was injured thanks in part to the quick-thinking team, reports say.

"It was definitely a more interesting golf practice than I've had in the past," Peterson told Valley News Live with a laugh.

The school's principal called the golf team heroes and honored them at a school assembly.

"I think it was a great lesson for all the other students in our building," Principal John Hamann told the Fergus Falls Journal. "Being a hero means sacrificing of yourself to help others. It was a time we could spend thinking about that."

Peterson and Consley said their instincts took over, and they did what anyone else would have done in that situation, the newspaper notes.

A cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

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