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Veteran died trying to save others from fire, son says

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lancaster man who died in an house fire that killed three others was a war veteran and a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice, according to his son.

"He was a Vietnam vet. He served in '68-'69. He was 101st Airborne," Jimmie Brock said of his father, 64-year-old Jimmie Moore. "I miss him."

Not only did Moore put his life on the line for his country, he died early Thursday after running back into his burning home at 115 E. Clay Street in an attempt to save 13 people who were still inside. Two children between the ages of 2 and 8 are among the victims.

"God is good. He calls you home when he's ready for you and it was my father's time," Brock said. "I look at it as a good day for my father to be recognized."

Brock said his father also helped others, like the homeless family he just took in.

"He took them in because he was that kind of person," Brock said. "My father had a good heart. His last few dollars, he'd give them to you."

"I just can't say enough," he said. "All I can do is thank him for everything that he's done for me and how he's been there for me through thick and thin."

Brock's pregnant sister lived in the house and had an emergency C-section after jumping out of a window. Brock said his sister and her baby are fine. The baby was born at four pounds, 12 ounces but is breathing on her own.

"We look at it as a blessing in disguise from my father," Brock said. "He passed on his wings and sent it on to the baby."

 

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