ACU to honor Fort Worth fire marshal for saving life of
For Immediate Release
September 17, 1999
ABILENE - On Monday, Sept. 20, Abilene Christian
University officials will honor Lonzo Wallace, a fire
marshal and deputy fire chief in Fort Worth, and his wife,
Nell, for saving the life of Anthony Noe, an ACU
The Wallaces will be honored in ACU's daily chapel
service Monday at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum on the ACU
After a horrific one-vehicle motor vehicle accident on
Sept. 7, Wallace risked his own safety to save Noe's
Noe was returning to Abilene from his home in Aurora,
Colo., in his 1985 Chrysler New Yorker when he fell asleep
at the wheel around 1 a.m. near Merkel. The Wallaces were
traveling behind Noe.
Wallace had told his wife to follow Noe because he was
good driver. Moments after that comment, the couple watched
in horror as the car went off the road.
The New Yorker left Interstate 20 and flew into a
concrete embankment. The Wallaces pulled over immediately,
and according to news reports, the engine of Noe's car was
Wallace ran to the edge of the embankment where he could
hear Noe moaning, but unable to crawl from the car. Putting
his own life in danger because of intense heat, Wallace went
to Noe to pull him out of the car.
In a news interview, Wallace said, "I picked him up and
dragged him from the car and around the corner to protect
him from the smoke and flames."
Moments after Wallace rescued Noe, the car exploded.
"Had Mr. Wallace not pulled Anthony from the car, he
would have died," said Wayne Barnard, ACU's assistant
provost and dean of campus life.
The Wallaces heroic actions went far beyond saving Noe's
life, Barnard said. They saw the student to Hendrick
Medical Center in Abilene. Then while Wallace returned to
Fort Worth for a City Council meeting, his wife stayed with
Noe in the hospital. Wallace returned later in the
afternoon, and the couple stayed until Noe's parents
"We want to recognize the Wallaces for their heroic
actions," Barnard said. "Too many people stand on the
sidelines and never get involved when they should, but the
Wallaces did get involved. Because of that, we are
celebrating a life rather than mourning the loss of
Releases - Current
ACU News and Events
If you are a member of the media who would like more
information about this release, please contact Tom
Craig, director of media and community relations, at
or call 915-674-2692 (cell phone: 665-5469).
- Last update: Sept. 17, 1999
- This page is maintained by Tom Craig,