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Husband died rather than leave wife trapped in a fire

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Fox 2 St Louis | Youtube

Cerith Gardiner - published on 11/16/22

The devout couple from Missouri, both aged 84, stayed with each other up until the end.

A couple from Missouri, Kenneth and Phyllis Zerr, recently died in tragic circumstances. The pair were trapped in a house fire, and although he had the chance to escape the fire, the husband died rather than leave his wife’s side.

The fire swept quickly up to the upstairs bedrooms and as the fire crew made their way up to help, the floors started to collapse.

According to the couple’s son, Andy Zerr, his dad was on the phone to dispatch while trying to assist his wife:

The dispatch told my father to come out of the house and my father said, ‘I’m not leaving my wife.’ And stayed with her until the end.”

The husband and wife were both 84, and had been married 63 years. As their son Andy shared with KSDK/CNN: “My mom and dad were salt of the earth. They will be dearly missed. They were a pillar of the community.”

The devout Catholics shared a deep faith, and their pastor Fr. Tom Miller from the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in New Melle, Missouri, visited them every Sunday so they could receive Communion.

Together in life, this wife and husband died as they had lived. The family will be no doubt be leaning on the elderly couple’s inspirational life to help them in their grief.

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