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'Humble, but a hero;' House fire victim meets rescuer

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A Portland man said thank you Monday to a firefighter who pulled him from a burning home last year.

Flames trapped Daniel Cooper in the bathroom of his southeast Portland home in March 2012.

Firefighters arrived only two minutes after the fire was reported, and Lt. Rian Minto rushed into the home to reach Cooper. By the time he reached him, Cooper was unconscious.

"There was quite a bit of fire inside," Minto said. "There was a lot of smoke. You couldn't see inside the house."

With the help of his crew, Minto brought Cooper out to the front yard where medics began trying to revive him.

Cooper remained in critical condition for several weeks, and was in a coma for several more.

It has been a long year of recovery for Cooper, who had to learn how to walk and even talk again, but he said he's glad he got the chance to meet the man who saved his life.

"I don't remember the first meeting. I'm very happy to meet you," Cooper told Minto.

Minto said rescuing Cooper was a "team effort."

"This is what we train for," he said.

Minto said meeting Cooper was the first time he has had the chance to meet someone he saved while on the job.

"He's awfully humble, but he is a hero," Cooper said. "He was just doing his job, (but) he did it without question."

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