Arson-homicide victim's family thankful for the attempted rescue

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 19:21:08-04

The family of the man who died in a fire captured on video is devastated at the loss of their father, but were touched by the efforts of Good Samaritans who attempted to break down the door to attempt to save him.  

Police have identified the man who died as 72-year-old Willie Greer. His death came just two days before Father's Day. Neighbors tried to save Greer but the fire was out of control and too dangerous.

The woman caught on video setting the home on fire is awaiting charges. Milwaukee police arrested a 39-year-old womanin connection with the fire that killed Greer. A woman escaped by jumping out a window on the first floor.

"We gotta help him," you can hear someone screaming in the video.

Neighbors were trying to kick in the front door.

"Hurry up y'all," a voice said.

After seeing the haunting video that's gone viral Greer's daughters have a message for the men who tried to save their father.

"You don't come across too many people like that nowadays in society. We just want to thank the Good Samaritans who did actually try to go in and try to break down the doors and go in and try to save him and things like that," said Rebecca Greer, one of Willie’s daughters.

Even though their attempt was unsuccessful, his daughters admire their courage.

"Nobody deserves to die like that, you know. Like he was a human being and he just didn't deserve that," said Roslyn Greer, another daughter.

His daughters said Willie was a light-hearted man, who helped make memories they'll keep forever.

"He was loving and very playful, like he liked to joke around a lot," Roslyn said.

The daughters don't know the woman caught on video setting the fire and they believe their father didn't know her either.

"A total innocent bystander basically," Roslyn said.

Police have presented this case to the district attorney’s office and expect charges will be filed soon.