On the morning of Sept. 20, 45-yearold Carrie Gann's home on Centro Street caught fire. Trapped in her room, she called 911, and dispatcher Stephanie McCarter told her to lie low and cover her mouth and nose with fabric, cutting out as much smoke as possible.
Even so, she lost consciousness. But firefighters Joel Nix, Matt Rorex and Ryan Swisher carried her to safety. On Saturday, she met the team that saved her life.
"They didn't think I would even make it," she said. "So me standing here means a lot."
She spent five days at Vanderbilt Medical center, but recovered from her ordeal and thanked her rescuers Saturday for saving her life.
She said she plans to get a tattoo of the firehouse emblem with the names of the three firefighters who saved her life.
Gann said her only lingering regret is the loss of her two dogs in the fire. "My kids have always been four-pawed," she said.