GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Wednesday was a more normal day for Home and Business Concierge Watch officer Jim Cadenhead. The same can’t be said for last Friday when he found himself running from flames.
“It seemed like an hour and a half, but it was probably no more than about twenty minutes,” said Cadenhead.
It all started Friday afternoon when Cadenhead was on patrol at a home high above Grants Pass. He got a call from his office asking for the family’s contact information to make sure they were safe. It was at that time he found out there was a fire growing below him. He waited a few minutes while people below explained his best escape route.
“Then I got a call back saying ‘No the road is no good. You’re not going to be able to get out that way, don’t risk it.,” said Cadenhead.
That’s when he took off.
“I left the car and grabbed the stuff that I had and shot right down through here,” said Cadenhead.
the terrain proved to be rough and challanging — but cadenhead says the adreniline kept him moving.
“Once I turned and started to go down that, it’s a whole different ball game. It’s torn up, there’s trees that have been cut that are hidden in the grass,” said Cadenhead.
He was heading due east down the hill when he decided to shift south to get to safety as quickly as possible.
“I figured that’s my best bet. My best bet is to get down below this thing as quickly as possible and get out of here,” said Cadenhead.
Once the flames died down and the smoke began to clear, Cadenhead said he realized just how fortunate he was.
“I could see the damage, then I realized what a really lucky guy I am. Because I was,” said Cadenhead.