You may remember almost 10 years ago when former Beltway Boxer Boyer "Sugar Boy" Chew saved himself and many others when the truck he was driving burst into flames on Interstate 95.
Now, another local boxing personality is in the news for heroic deeds as he helped save a family from a burning home in his Edgewood neighborhood early Friday morning.
Boxing coach, trainer and Maryland Boxing Hall of Famer Maxell Taylor, Sr. awoke around three o'clock Friday morning to the sounds of his neighbors screaming. A family of five -- four children and their mother -- were inside their burning home. Taylor convinced the family to jump out of the third-story window and he caught the mother and three of the children. Firefighters rescued the fourth child. WBAL-TV reports that all four children, ages 4, 8, 10 and 12, were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Center for non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.
The mother was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview for treatment of mild smoke inhalation injuries and injuries suffered from jumping out of the window. She is expected to be released Friday.
Taylor has lived in the community for more than 20 years and told WBAL-TV that he talked the family into jumping to escape the fire.
"I heard the mother say, 'Mr. Max, help us.' I said, 'Go down the steps.' She said, 'We can't.' Then I said, 'Jump out the window.' She said, 'I'm scared.' But I said, 'You're going to have to to save your life,'" Taylor said.
Taylor is the father of Beltway pros Emmanuel "Transforma" Taylor and Maxell "The General" Taylor.