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Mother of woman saved from burning home near Newberg thanks rescuers

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Judy Anderson, mother of woman saved from burning home. Judy Anderson, mother of woman saved from burning home.
Neighbor Jessie Keller and off-duty firefighter Chris Mills. Neighbor Jessie Keller and off-duty firefighter Chris Mills.
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NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

Earlier this week FOX 12 told you about an off-duty firefighter who helped rescue a woman from a burning home near Newberg.

The woman's mother has a message for the two men who rushed into the blaze to save her daughter, Janelle's, life.

"I know it was a risk to your own health and well being and your own life. But thank you for making that choice," said Judy Anderson.

Heartfelt words sent out to two brave men, from a mother who almost lost her only child.

The fire started around 6 a.m. on Sept. 3 at a home on Southwest Kramien Road near Northeast Parrett Mountain Road.

It didn't take long for neighbor, Jessie Keller and off-duty firefighter, Chris Mills, to jump into action after Judy's 17-year-old granddaughter, Jessica ran out of the burning house.

"Jessica got out and was screaming for her mother, who did not come out. So Jessica ran to her neighbor's and got Jessie Keller and at the same time a firefighter felt like he was suppose to turn around and come back."

Keller and Mills were able to knock down the door and drag Janelle out.

The two-alarm fire devoured the home Thursday morning, leaving little behind.

"They did lose absolutely everything they own, three pets. But she's alive, and I think we're passed the most critical hours."

Janelle Roha, now at the Legacy Burn Center, suffered smoke inhalation and burns covering more than 20 percent of her body, and her mother said she's still unresponsive.

"She's not alert at all, and I don't know when she will be. In fact, anytime she gets conscious enough to wiggle a toe or nod her head, they sedate her again."

Even with a long road ahead, Judy is staying positive as she remains at her daughter's side, believing for a full recovery.

"This is a miracle, from start to finish. And we know that. We know, that for all of these things to have happened so perfectly, God was the one orchestrating."

Judy said she hopes to meet her daughter's rescuers someday. 

There is a Go Fund Me account set up to help cover Janelle's medical bills. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/sh3cxmjq.

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