Burn victim Brenda Welch thanks first responders for saving her life

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    Brenda Welch (center) stands with her family and first responders. A giant card that says “Thank You” was presented to firefighters.

    A year and a half after surviving horrible burns and about one month after the end of her ex-husband’s trial, Brenda Welch went to Lynnwood Fire Station 15 to thank the first responders who saved her life.

    Welch told firefighters and paramedics that she did not have the words to thank them. She said she is happy to feel safe again now that her ex-husband, David Morgan, was found guilty of attempted murder and arson and sentenced to 25 years.

    “It’s hard to find the right words,” she said. “It’s always so emotional.”

    Welch was found in a house in Lynnwood that was engulfed in flames on Nov. 16, 2014. She was badly burned, beaten, bloody and had agonal breathing, meaning she was like a fish out of water. Treatment she received from first responders at the scene of the fire likely saved her life.

    She and her 8-year-old daughter Kylie hugged the responders who were at the scene. Kylie also got to sit in the fire truck and use a fire hose–but she’s not sure if she wants to be a firefighter just yet.

    Another of Welch’s daughters, Saurina, was also in attendance. She and Welch shared emotional embraces. Saurina, who attends Washington State University, recently nominated her mother for the school’s Mom of the Year award, which Welch won.

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