Havelock firefighter, others honored for helping save child

Winter award

Havelock firefighter Charlie Winter, right, greets Dylan Burkett, 2, and Burkett’s grandfather, Richard Matson Sr., during an award presentation at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 05:36 PM.

When Havelock firefighter Charlie Winter went into a burning home to look for a trapped child, he didn’t think about his own children.

"You just think about what you have to do," said the father of 9- and 11-year-old girls.

But after finding 2-year-old Dylan Burkett in a smoke-filled room and passing the child out of the burning home to rescue personnel, his thoughts turned.

"After that, you get a chance to reflect and it opens your eyes," he said. "Being a parent, I can’t imagine what it was like for them. I’m just glad it turned out the way it did."

Winter was presented a North Carolina golden life-saving medal during the Havelock Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night at Havelock City Hall.

"I think it’s a bit much. I didn’t think it was warranted," Winter said of receiving the medal, the first one ever presented to a Havelock firefighter. "We don’t go out looking for things like this, but it is appreciated."

The fire started on the morning of April 23 in the front part of the house. Though Father William Burkett managed to get one son, 3-year-old Little Will, out of the house, Dylan was napping in a back bedroom and couldn’t be reached.

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