Terry Bagley: Ex-marine, 70, risks life to save two strangers trapped in townhouse explosion

Terry Bagley: Ex-marine, 70, risks life to save two strangers trapped in townhouse explosion
Terry Bagley, a marine veteran is now fighting for his life after risking it to save people in a townhouse explosion (Photo: GoFundMe/ WBAL TV video Screenshots)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Once a marine, always a marine! A 70-year-old marine veteran risked his own life to save strangers from a townhouse explosion. Terry Bagley was walking around at Pigtown after 2 PM at Bayard Street. When he saw the house explosion, he was quick to spring into action and help out!

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He extended a hand for as long as he could until the Baltimore firefighters pulled him out of the rubble of the explosion, after he saved a teenager and a woman from a burning building. The 16-year-old teenage girl and the 48-year-old woman were both in the house that exploded and are now in a stable condition. Bagley’s condition, however, is critical and he remains under observation. He has been kept in a medically induced coma to aid recovery. Bagley is the father two five children and works at the Veteran Affairs Hospital, according to The Blaze.

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Bagley was on his way to the market for Thanksgiving shopping when he came across the explosion and dropped everything to help out. Bagley’s son Terry Jr and daughter Eris spoke to the media about their father’s heroics and current medical condition. They informed the public that they are expecting a surgery to happen shortly, right after they get a second opinion. They also expressed pride at their father’s actions and made sure to let people know that he is nothing short of a hero. "My father has suffered a broken pelvis, a broken femur. He's going in for surgery with a broken hand," Eris Bagley said. "He thought nothing about his own life to save two women that he did not know."

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"It was a brave thing for him to do, especially at his age being 70 years old," Terry Bagley Jr said. "When I see him looking, sometimes, lifeless, it scares me because I don't know if he hears me when I'm talking, and I see some action with his fingers moving and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, I'm still scared because anything could go wrong." A GoFundMe page is set up to help the family manage mounting expenses.

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"My dad endured polio as a child. He also endured the thing with Camp Lejeune with toxic water and he also served in the Vietnam War," Eris said. "(He was) heroic, but I wish he didn't do it because now I'm scared that I am about to lose him. But I'm glad he did it to save people he didn't know."

A far as why Eris thinks her father jumped in to help, she only had these words to say, “Because he’s a Marine.” The family is praying for his speedy recovery right now. "I'm praying. I'm praying to God, and I'm asking him to protect him and I'm asking God to spare his life," Terry Bagley Jr said to WBAL TV.

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