Man killed in fire called "hero" in 2004 for trying to save cop
BATON ROUGE - The man killed in a deadly house fire overnight in Baton Rouge was recognized in 2004 for his attempt to save a Baton Rouge Police officer killed in a shooting.
BRFD Spokesperson Curt Monte said Stanford Wilson, 60, died in the fire on North 28th near Gayosa Street.
Firefighters said the house was fully engulfed with flames when they arrived, and the second story of the home collapsed a shortly time later. Two other people were also put in the hospital for injuries from the fire.
Wilson was honored in 2004 for his attempts to help Lt. Vickie Wax, a police officer shot and killed when a shoplifter she tried to detain got her gun. Wilson, who was also shot in the incident, rendered assistance but wasn't able to save Wax, who was shot in the head.
Monte said Wilson's body was found in a back room of the home. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
News 2's Michael Shingleton spoke to Wilson's family and neighbors, and will have more on the investigation tonight starting at 4 p.m.