Hometown Heroes: Belchertown man saves neighbor

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – All this week 22News salutes the 2014 Pioneer Valley Hometown Heroes.

22News reporter Sy Becker introduces us to Hometown Hero Alan Kraefft, who rescued his neighbor Walter Lysak out of a burning mobile home. However, Alan believes the man’s cat deserved most of the lifesaving credit.

“He actually woke Walt up, and Walt made it from his bedroom from the living room, into the kitchen and that’s where I got Walt,” said Alan.

With the help from his disabled neighbor, Alan Kraefft, Walter Lysak survived that Christmas morning fire in Belchertown.

Like so many other Hometown Heroes, Alan doesn’t consider himself a hero, but he deeply appreciates the thanks from Walter Lysak’s family.

“It just felt good, I know they were grateful, to me, that was my reward, them thanking me that I helped Walt out,” said Alan.

John Lysak, Walter’s son, told 22News, “What really meant a lot to my father was that Alan went in and tried to save his cats. That was my dad’s second family. He absolutely loved his cats. Even though they did pass away, Alan did go in and risk his life to do that. That means so much to my father.”

John said that he and his brothers and sisters will always be indebted to their father’s heroic neighbor, who was there when he was needed, a Hometown Hero in every sense of the term.

“He’s a very good man, very humble and lord knows, the world would be a much better place if there were more people like him,” said John

The Red Cross honors each of these remarkable people during the heroes breakfast on March 27th.