JSU linebacker 'was in right place at the right time'
by Al Muskewitz
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Ketrick Wolfe is a senior linebacker at Jacksonville State. (Photo courtesy of JSU)
Ketrick Wolfe is a senior linebacker at Jacksonville State. (Photo courtesy of JSU)
JACKSONVILLE -- Ketrick Wolfe doesn’t think of himself as a hero, just a guy who was in the right place at the right time to do the right thing.

Sharon Powers would argue that. Her Sumrall, Miss., house was ravaged by fire early one January morning in 2010 and if not for the quick thinking and even quicker actions of the Jacksonville State senior linebacker and his older brother Ervin, the family shudders to think what might have happened.

For that morning, Ketrick and Ervin rushed into the smoke-filled burning house next door to rescue their aunt from certain tragedy.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Ketrick said

He had been up for a while that Sunday morning watching television when he heard screams coming from next door. When he went to investigate he saw heavy smoke billowing from the back of the house from a heater that had caught fire and realized his mother’s sister was in trouble.

He called out for Ervin and together they rushed into the house, ultimately leading their aunt to safety.

“It was just a reaction,” Ketrick said. “I saw somebody needed help, so I ran in and helped her.

“We ran back to the house and saw her in the hallway. The back side of the house was all smoked up, she was screaming and we were like, 'Come with us, come with us.’ We took her to our house and called 9-1-1.”

Shortly after they got out, flames engulfed the house.

“That was brave,” Ketrick’s mother, Deidra, said. “I wouldn’t have gone in that house myself. I told my husband everything I’ve got is in that house. They just went in.

“Ketrick has always been like that. He sees somebody in need he does what he can to help them.”

The brothers were recognized for their bravery with the Lamar County Board of Supervisors & Lamar Fire Services Medal of Valor.

“I was kind of surprised about that,” Ketrick said. “I’d never received a medal or that high an honor before.”

It has been three years since and Wolfe reported “everything’s back to normal” at the homestead. The house has been restored and his aunt is doing well.

Multiple attempts to reach Powers and Ervin Wolfe were unsuccessful. Ketrick doesn’t talk about the incident much. A few of his teammates know what happened and have expressed their admiration for him, but Gamecocks football coach Bill Clark hadn’t heard the story before. He said Wolfe’s actions don’t surprise him.

“That’s the kind of guys we want, the kind of guys you want around you,” Clark said. “That’s what we try to talk about every day, something out of football -- attitude, toughness, discipline. Every day it’s another word with a bunch of quotes around it. That’s a great story.”

Wolfe transferred to JSU from Pearl River CC, but didn't play last year.

This season, he’s in the rotation among the linebackers and has been making an impact on several special teams.

“That’s a starter to me, and that’s a big trust factor,” Clark said. “He was

a really good player before, but I’ve seen him get a ton better.”

Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.
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