by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - The family of a Forsyth County man killed in an apartment fire Monday said he was a decorated Korean War veteran with a big heart.
"He's (going to) be missed by a lot of people," said his son, Allen Boyd. "It's hard to bear how his life tragically,
Boyd said his father served in the Korean War and he showed Channel 2's Mike Petchenik pictures of
"They broke the door in and my son tried to get to my dad in the back bedroom, and the smoke was so full that he couldn't get in," he said.
By the time firefighters could get into the apartment, they said Boyd was in bad shape, having suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation.
"They thought they had him stabilized, but critical," said Boyd. "Then, this morning, it was more than his body could bear."
Officials told Petchenik they are still investigating what sparked the fire.
"I'm confident it was accidental in nature," said Division Chief Jason Shivers. "There's no reason to believe it's anything suspicious whatsoever."
Shivers said a firefighter was injured during the rescue, but was released from the hospital and is back to work.
Meantime, Boyd's son said he plans to honor his memory every chance he gets.
"It's unbearable to think of how he left, but we're (going to) focus, just how he'd want us to, on how he impacted our lives," he said.