Eureka trash collector's quick action helps family escape house fire
Matt returned to Catherine Bauer’s house in Eureka on Thursday to pick up their trash.
EUREKA, Calif. —

They say people respond in one of three ways when confronted with a threat or emergency – fight, flight, or freeze. Matt Taylor, a Recology residential driver in Eureka, faced that challenge shortly before sunrise Tuesday morning – and took action.


Taylor was tipping bins on his route at first light on Aug. 10. As he drove his collection truck out of an alley, Taylor's eyes caught a plume of smoke coming from about a block away.

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