Ron Fandrick was a football player and two-time All-American wrestler. But after suffering severe burns and a 5-week coma, the Northern Michigan graduate couldn't even lift his head.

Now, the 60-year-old Waverly High School teacher and clinical psychologist is on the road to recovery.

Fandrick tells the Lansing State Journal in an article published Monday he was consumed by flames March 1 when his Lansing-area home caught fire and he tried to rescue his housemate, Bill Waldon Jr.

Waldon died and Fandrick was badly burned. Doctors induced a coma to avoid a heart attack. Multiple organs failed twice. But he rallied.

Fandrick says his training as a therapist helps him stay strong during his painful physical therapy. He hopes to return to work next month.