Beverly Hills fire, Carrollton bus crash hero finds resting place

Willie Snow's considered a hero. He saved people in the Beverly Hills fire, saved people in the Carrollton bus crash, and when he died - when he needed help - an old friend came to his rescue.

"He hired me at 13-years-old," said Dave Brock, who knew Willie Snow for close to 40 years, "he was the leader of the kitchen."

Brock worked with Snow at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. They were together the night it burned in 1977. 165 people died in that fire. The way Brock puts it, Snow tried to save them all.

"Once he knew there was trouble in the Cabaret Room he went right to it. Started pulling people out left and right. They were asking people not to enter the building again because the smoke was so thick and as soon you would inhale it, it would drop you or kill you instantly."

Snow's second run-in with a fatal fire was the Carrollton bus crash in 1988. Brock says Snow was on his work commute that night when he drove past the wreck, and saw a bus filled with children and flames.

"He was right in the middle of that too. Coming through the back door, pulling people out as much as he could get to them."

When Snow died in August, his one living relative, a daughter, couldn't afford to have him buried. The Ohio county he lived in was going to cremate his remains.

"No, we're not gonna do that. Do not, do not cremate this man. We will put him to rest the right way. As a hero," said Brock.

Brock got in touch with Shorten and Ryan Funeral Home in Mason, Ohio. They're now paying for his service and burial. Making sure Snow, a man who saved so many from flames, doesn't have to leave here in a final fire.

"You can't forget a hero. He's a fallen hero as far as I'm concerned."

Donations can be made at Citizen's Bank in Newport to the fund set aside for family and friends of Beverly Hills.

Snow's visitation is from 6-8 p.m. at the Imwalle Memorial in St. Bernard, Ohio on Monday. His burial will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Vine Street Hill Cemetery.

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