TOW, Texas (KXAN) - A volunteer firefighter in Llano County proving himself a hero in more ways than one... as he dies trying to save his own family from their burning home.
It happened around 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon in Tow - on Lake Buchannan-- Northeast of Llano.
Tow firefighters says when they first got the house fire call they thought it was like any other.
That's until they arrived at a familiar address, the home of one of their own, 41 year old Ronald Sanderson's.
"I talked to his wife and she said all she remembered was him yelling for water and they went out the back he went out the front and thought his kids in there," said Tow Fire Department Assistant Chief, Price Taylor.
The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, as investigators still gather clues. Sanderson reportedly ran inside to get his wife and children to safety.They made it out alive -- but unfortunately he didn't.
The Chief of the Tow Volunteer Fire Department tells us Ronald Sanderson was a good friend and always a rescuer. Crews even found his firefighting gear inside untouched.
"If there would've been any pre-thought a firefighter would've grabbed that and the only thought he had in his mind was his family and his kids," said Chief Josh Becker.
Donations are now being accepted at The Tow Volunteer Fire Department. The station is located at 17608 County Rd 221 or you can give them a call at 325-379-3321.
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