DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) - An 82-year-old woman died in a late night fire on Thanksgiving that also sent her 91-year-old husband to the hospital, according to the Dodge Co. Sheriff's Office.
Eleanor "Ellie" Neumann and Ruben Neumann (Source: The Neumann family)
Her family told NBC15 her name was Eleanor "Ellie" Neumann. Her husband, Ruben, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the fire and was taken to Marshfield Medical Center.
"She is probably one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. We would be out with the dogs she would come over and say 'hi,' One of the Neumann's neighbors, Mathew Breselow explained. "She is going to be missed I mean she really is a staple in our community.
The Sheriff's Office says emergency crews responded to their home, at N7295 Watercress Lane, on the Westford and Calumus town line, near Beaver Dam, around 10:20 p.m. When they arrived, crews could see heavy smoke coming from the first floor and some rushed in to save Eleanor.
Breselow witnessed the rescue and described the emergencies response as heroic and unbelievable.
"We looked out the window the deputy kicked the back door in and ran in without anything. You can’t ask a level of heroism; that goes above and beyond of what that deputy did. I mean, no fire gear, kicked the door in. That was shocking," Breselow recounted. "I couldn't believe he did that."
She was rushed to Marshfield Medical Center where she later died.
Ruben, who made it out of the house before firefighters arrived, was also taken to the hospital.
The Beaver Dam Fire Department as well as several other departments all responded to the scene and were able to get the flames under control. The Dodge Co. Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshall are working to determine the cause.