Local Burn Victims Need Help For Recovery

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LUSBY, Md. - A 77-year-old Vietnam veteran heroically saved his wife of 50 years from a fire but the family lost everything else. Now, a local charity wants to help Owen Harrod, his wife, and daughter on their road to recovery.

The fire happened back on October 29 on Saw Mill Road in Lusby, Maryland. Owen E. Harrod and his wife Linda have lived in the home for 46 years. Their daughter, Aretha Harrod-Henderson was visiting to help take of her dad who was having issues with a swollen foot.

Narrow Escape From Flames

Around 3 am, Aretha says she woke to the smell of smoke. She went to the next room to wake her parents. She said she didn’t see flames but could feel the heat. To make matters worse, the lights went out leaving the family in the dark. Aretha ran back into her bedroom to go out the window while her mother chose to head down the stairs.

Aretha broke the bedroom window and pulled her father out onto a lower roof of the home. Mr. Harrod jumped off the roof, went around to a lower window, and broke it to pull his 68-year-old wife from the flames.

The house and contents were destroyed and all three members of the family were burned. Owen and Linda are still in the ICU at Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit.

Harrod Is A Survivor

Owen Harrod is used to tough times. He’s the son of sharecroppers who went on to major in agriculture. He played guitar in a band with famed saxophonist Clarence Clemmons before serving in Vietnam as a medic. In 1968, Owen stepped on a land mine and spent a year in Walter Reed Hospital undergoing treatment.

Owen and Linda married in 1970 and eventually had 5 children. Owen went to work for the State of Maryland. He’s stayed active in music, performing with several gospel groups.

Linda is currently employed at the Carol Porto Rehab Center. She's also active in her church.

Long Recovery Process

The family faces a lengthy recovery process which will include surgeries and rehabilitation. Plus they need to start all over with a new place to live.

Reverend B.J. Buchanan of the nonprofit faith-based charity HEART is helping to raise funds for the Harrod family. They are accepting monetary donations through a GoFundMe and also donations of housewares, toiletries, clothing, dinnerware, furniture, and other household items.

The family is also looking for a three-bedroom house in Prince Frederick or Solomons area.

Anyone interested in making a donation can check out the following links:

Monetary Donations GoFundMe Link:

Non-monetary Donations (housewares, toiletries, clothing, dinnerware, furniture, etc)
Email: or send a message via the ‘Contact’ page at

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