Neighbors mourn loss of local 'hero'
POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 4:22pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 4:37pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Lena Baker has lived on 28th street in Baton Rouge for over 50 years. Early Friday morning she woke up to find her neighbor's home on fire.
"They kept saying that somebody was in the house, but the house, the bottom floor was engulfed in fire and they could not get in there," recalled Baker.
When firefighters did get inside the house they found the body of Stanford Wilson, 60.
"I said, 'well that's Stanford’s room,'" said Baker.
Many in the city and the neighborhood remember Wilson as a hero. Back in 2004 he was shot trying to help Lt. Vicki Wax before she was shot by a shoplifting suspect at Wal-Mart.
"He was hurt during that episode and other than that, he didn't bother anybody," explained Wax.
Other neighbors simply described Wilson as a "Good Samaritan," They didn't want to speak on camera but said he was always willing to take someone in.
For now the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
"Right now we haven't ruled anything out. There’s nothing that stands out to suspect foul play, but we certainly haven't ruled it out," explained Curt Monte of the Baton Rogue Fire Department.
There were two other people in the home at the time, both were taken to local hospitals for injuries, but are expected to recover.