LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two Southland construction workers may have been doing a heavenly errand when they rescued a pair of priests from a burning house.

KNX 1070’s Diane Thompson reports it all started when Terry Sullivan and Kirk Quisenberry were running late for work one weekday morning after they decided to eat a little breakfast at his home on Libby Driver in Riverside.

“God works in mysterious ways, and it was all about timing,” says Quisenberry.

When the two finally left for work, they spotted a house with smoke coming out of the roof.

Kirk made a U-turn and called 911 while Terry jumped out of the van and headed for the front door, where he was met by a care-giver who said she was trying to get priest Larry Farrell to leave.

Upon inquiring if anyone else was in the house, Terry was told that priest Raymond Finerty was also upstairs.

“He was headed down the other end of the hallway,” Quisenberry recalls, “so I just felt for him and we got him downstairs.”

“His hair was burned black, he was having a hard time breathing,” Quisenberry adds.

The two construction workers are modest about their heroics and say if others were in their position, they would have acted in a similar manner.

“You don’t really think about it…you just act and hope somebody would do the same for you or your family,” Quisenberry says.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)


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