Man with 1 leg nearly killed while saving children from house fire

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by Mike Watkiss

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 9:20 AM

BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. -- Boyd Smith, 56, is a guy who has never shied away from a challenge.

Born without arms and with only one leg, Smith, with the aid of prosthetic limbs, was once a rodeo cowboy and champion calf-roper.

He has spent most of his adult life working as a professional landscaper all over Arizona.

And now Smith is once again facing monumental odds as he battles for his life at the Burn Unit of the Maricopa County Medical Center with serious burns over about 90 percent of his body.

"He's the most amazing man I ever met," said Christy Roberts, one of Smith's three stepdaughters.

"He's just so inspirational," Roberts added. "We're all just worried about Boyd right now."

It all started when a fast-moving, early-morning fire broke out in the Black Canyon City home that Smith shares with his wife, Diana.

Roberts' younger sister and her three children also lived at the home.

"Boyd actually is the one who woke everybody up and got everybody out of the house," Roberts said. "He even saved the dog and the horses."

Then Smith went back into the burning house, perhaps to do one last check, and got trapped by the door.

"We know he had his artificial leg on," Roberts said. "He did not have his arms on. We don't know if the floor fell out and that's why he got stuck."

Roberts said her mom and her sister then struggled to drag her stepdad out the door of the burning structure.

"No matter what happens, we just want everyone to know how inspirational his life has been," Roberts said.

For anyone who would like to help the family, an account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of The Boyd Smith Foundation.

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