PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man who ran into a burning home to save a stranger finally got to meet the man’s family.

It was a memorable night for everyone as the family of Ralph Lowe, Sr., offered their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Paul Hinerman, a man they call a hero.

“I’m just glad I could help and was there at the right time,” said Hinerman.

There’s an overwhelming feeling of comfort and thankfulness between the two families.

Ralph Lowe, Jr. shared a heartfelt hug with Hinerman. It was a thank you for saving Lowe’s father’s life.

“He took it upon himself to actually go inside a house that’s on fire,” said Lowe. “I think if all of us took the opportunity to say to ourselves would we do that, I don’t know that we would do that.”

Ralph Lowe, Sr. was sleeping in his Marshall-Shadeland home early Sunday morning when his kitchen erupted into flames.

Hinerman’s fiancée, Angie Puhac, says their family just happened to be riding by the house when they saw the fire.

Without hesitation, Hinerman sprang into action and ran into the house. When he emerged, Lowe Sr., who is partially blind, was in his arms.

“He’s a hero, and I told him he needs to be proud of what he did because he’s touched so many lives in so many different ways and he hasn’t seen that yet,” said Puhac.

Lowe’s family is determined to convince him.

“You are a hero. You did not have to run into that building, you did not have to be compelled, you did not have to leave your own children to risk your life to save another,” said Diana Lowe, the fire victim’s daughter. “You can’t not think about him every time we see our father, it just goes hand-in-hand. We are forever thankful.”

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