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70-year veteran hospitalized after rescuing residents from Baltimore blast

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Nov 24 (News) — Terry Bagley, a 70-year veteran of the United States Marines, remained hospitalized Thursday after rescuing a woman and child who were inside a Baltimore home when it exploded this week.

The explosion happened Tuesday at a row house in the Pigtown neighborhood, also known as Washington Village. Bagley was walking past the house when it exploded and rushed inside to rescue a 16-year-old girl and 48-year-old woman while the building burned. Both are in stable condition.

Bagley was pulled from the debris of the blast by the Baltimore Fire Department. The father of five is there critical condition. Caregivers put him in a medically induced coma with a fractured pelvis, femur and hand.

“It was a brave thing for him to do, especially at his age of 70,” his son Terry Bagley Jr. told WBAL-TV. “When I see the way he looks lifeless sometimes it scares me because I don’t know if he hears me when I speak and I see action with fingers moving and stuff like that. But at the end of the day I’m still scared because everything could go wrong.”

Daughter Eris Bagley said she thinks her father reacted that way because he is a Marine.

“He didn’t think of his own life to save two women he didn’t know,” she said.

During an interview with WJZ-TV on Wednesday, Bagley’s son said his father wiggled his toes and opened his eyes.

GoFundMe hosts a fundraiser organized by Terry Bagley Jr. She raised about $16,000 toward her $150,000 goal after Wednesday’s opening with more than 230 donations.

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