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90-year-old man rescues his wife of 70 years from fire

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Asheboro, N.C. — A 90-year-old man mustered up enough strength to rescue his wife, who is confined to a wheelchair,  after lightning struck their house and fire broke out on Thursday.

Arthur Schneider said he was helping his wife, Rosemary, 89, in their bedroom when a lightning bolt hit the house and started a fire in the kitchen, according to ABC News. Rosemary has Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Schneider was able to move Rosemary’s wheelchair to the front porch, but was unable to take it down the steps.

He ran to the neighbor’s house, about a football field away, to get help.  The neighbor came and got Rosemary’s wheelchair down before fire trucks arrived on the scene. Schneider was surprised he made it to the neighbor’s house in time.

“I guess God gives us a little strength when we need it,” Schneider said.

The couple, who have been married for almost 70 years, endured another obstacle together. The couple’s daughter said the rescue was vital because “there’s no way they’ll live without each other.” The Schneiders have nine children, 21 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.