Nurse praised as ‘heroic’ for pulling elderly woman from burning bed

By July 17, 2018 Logan

Nurse praised as ‘heroic’ for pulling elderly woman from burning bed

A nurse has been hailed as a hero after pulling a patient from a burning bed at a Cache County skilled nursing facility.

Kathy Price told KSL when she found one of her patients lying in a burning bed Friday, she knew she had to act immediately and get her to safety.

The licensed practical nurse was nearing the end of her shift at Rocky Mountain Care, 1480 N. 400 East, in Logan when she noticed something unusual coming from down the hall.

“I could see smoke coming from out of the door frame,” Price recalled.

She walked over to check on resident Kathleen Lucherini’s room.

“When I opened the door, there was just like a big billow of smoke that came out,” Price said. “I could see Kathy in front of me, and her bed was on fire from about the waist down.”

Realizing there wasn’t time to get help, Price said she reacted immediately.

“I pulled her over to the side of the bed, and onto the ground,” Price said. “I didn’t even think about it. I knew I needed to get her out.”

Monte Lucherini and Kathy Price hug after seeing each other for the first time Monday, July 10, 2018. Lucherini thanked Price for pulling his mother from a burning bed inside a skilled nursing facility in Logan just a few days before. (Photo: Mike Anderson, KSL TV)
Price said other employees and members of the community worked together to evacuate the building. Firefighters arrived not long after and put out the flames, which were contained to only the one room.

“We’re just blessed that it happened the way it did,” Price said.

Officials said because of the way it happened, and the way Price acted, Lucherini was still alive and well. She had no injuries from the fire, and because of her dementia, she didn’t even remember it when asked. Her son, Monte Lucherini, was grateful for Price’s actions.