It's been more than a year since Daniel Cooper nearly died in the fire that was destroying his home. Now he's had a chance to thank the man who rescued him.

Daniel Cooper doesn't remember the fire.  But as he's worked his back from brain-damaging smoke inhalation he knows it could've been deadly. 

"I feel real fortunate to have escaped a very close call of being toasted."

Cooper is in the kitchen of pPortland Fire Station 25 meeting Captain Rian Minto; the man who ran through fire and smoke to pull him to safety.

Minto says it's not often first responders have a reunion with survivors.  "Very surreal.  This is an excellent experience.  To have closure to this is a wonderful experience."

Cooper's survival - also - due to a drug some fire crews carry - it counteracts the cyanide in the smoke from burning synthetic materials. 

Deputy Chief John Nohr explains; "what is does is it binds with the cyanide that they have inhaled and is now in their blood stream.  Cyanide prevents the blood from transferring oxygen."

He says cyanide is now more common than carbon monoxide in smoke inhalation cases.

The anti-cyanide drug cost $700 per dose.  It is too expensive to carry in all Portland fire trucks.