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Texoma scout nominated for award after saving man's life

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Boy Scout William Durrett is being recognized for saving his neighbor from a burning home. (KTEN) Boy Scout William Durrett is being recognized for saving his neighbor from a burning home. (KTEN)

POTTSBORO, Texas -- Two months ago, William Durrett rushed from his home across the street to save his neighbor from a fire.

Now he's qualifying for one of the most prestigious awards a Boy Scout can get. 

"Once I heard him yelling 'Help!' I knew I had to do something," Durrett said. "I didn't really think much about anything else other than getting him out." 

He was sitting on the couch when he heard an explosion next door.  

When he saw the flames engulfing his neighbor's home, he ran to help, not thinking about the danger. 

"I was thinking about just -- 'What if something was wrong with him?'" Durrett said. "I wanted to know." 

Battling through smoke so thick he couldn't see in front of him, he put his own life on the line before first responders could get there. 

"Once I got to him, I helped him get the fire off him with a towel that was sitting there," Durrett recalled. "Then I pulled him out of the door." 

Now his heroic actions are being recognized on the national level as he qualifies for the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award, which is more rare than achieving the title of Eagle Scout. 

"There's three different levels of the Heroism Award, depending on the magnitude of life-saving," said Troop 55 Scoutmaster Kevin Heady. 

Authorities said Durrett's neighbor, John Black, suffered from second- and third-degree burns and his home was a total loss, but he's happy to be alive. 

"I'm forever grateful to Will for being in the right place at the right time," Black said in a written statement. "I truly believe God put Will on this Earth to do exactly what he did without hesitation." 

Now, as Durrett waits to hear back from the Boy Scouts of America about his award nomination, he said he'll remember his heroic actions the rest of his life. 

"I don't think that if I wouldn't have been there that day he would be here today," the scout said.

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