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Double amputee named a hero for fire rescue

Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 21:47:24-04
A double amputee was honored Tuesday for heroism he showed in saving two children from an apartment fire late last year.
The Clark County Fire Department gave Jai Jelks their Citizen Heroism Award.
Jelks ran into his neighbor's apartment in November on two prosthetic legs after a drunk driver crashed into it, starting a fire.
He rescued 3-year-old twin boys.
"It's still a shock to me that I did something good because in my past I never did anything good," Jelks said.
He says all he was thinking at the time was that he had to get the kids out and that adrenaline ran through him like a drug.
"I've never seen him move that fast," said Chanai Johnson, Jelks' fiancee. "Never getting groceries out of the car, nothing."
That night changed both their lives forever.
"I think about it every day," Jelks said. "I used to just walk by the back of the building and be like, 'Dang, I saved them kids.'"
Jelks is still recovering from injuries he sustained during the night of the rescue. He says he expects to get out of Kindred Hospital in the next few weeks.