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Resident thanks police officer for saving her life and home

Wednesday, July 12 2017 2:58 PM

Sgt. Walling and Fryer

In the middle of a stormy night Ava Fryer heard and saw the “loudest crash and flash.” Lightning struck her house, starting a fire. 

She opened the door into her garage and her garage doors were open. A Colleyville police officer was in her driveway. It was Police Sgt. Kevin Walling who had seen the lightning strike from the nearby Justice Center and came to check on everything.

“Had Sgt. Walling not been in my driveway I would not have known what happened and had no idea my roof was on fire,” Fryer said. “He saved my life and my home, along with the best firemen on the planet.”

Sgt. Walling called the Fire Department and made sure Fryer was in a safe place and had everything she needed while the firefighters put out the flames. Fryer said there was minor damage to her home. She had thanked the firefighters several times and even prepared dinner for them, but she has been looking for a way to properly thank Sgt. Walling.

She finally got her chance to publically thank him at the July 11 City Council meeting.

“The police and firemen were all so kind and caring and helpful throughout this whole night,” she said. “They could not have been more perfect.”

Sgt. Walling, a longtime veteran of the Colleyville Police Department, gave Fryer a hug and said he was just doing his job.

“Ms. Fryer’s thanks is much appreciated, but I was just doing my job,” he said.

Mayor Pro Tem Bobby Lindamood led a standing ovation at the City Council meeting.

“Sgt. Walling is a class act and a reason we’re one of the safest cities in Texas,” he said. “The men and women of the Colleyville Police Department truly care for the people of this community.”

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