WALKER, Mich. — The two men who rescued a paraplegic man from a burning home earlier this month received lifesaving awards from the City of Walker Monday night.

The Walker Fire Department responded to a fire on Wilson Avenue NW around 8 a.m. on Jan 2. Brian Gillikin, a retired Walker firefighter, and Josh Marlink, a civilian, were passing by and rushed into the home before firefighters arrived.

The two helped Greg Colby, a paraplegic man who was unable to move from his bed, into his chair and out of the home’s back porch. They were able to evacuate two others and Colby’s dog.

“To have somebody not think about themselves and to see a fire like that and stop and actually come to my aid—not knowing who lived there or what was going on—was actually touching,” Colby said.  

Gillikin was surprised with his honor after receiving another award for his 14 years of service to the fire department. Marlink did not attend the ceremony.

Firefighters aren’t in it for the glory, said Chief Robert Walker

“It’s inherent in their DNA; they want to help people,” Walker said. “We train them so they can do these things, but they really don’t like the recognition for it.”

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