Four brave teens saved a woman and her two children from an apartment fire in Phoenix Wednesday night.
The teens were swimming around midnight when they saw smoke coming out of a two-story apartment complex.
“We ran over to see what was going on, and by the time we got there the fire was getting pretty bad,” Justin Rose said. “Then we see a lady open a window and screaming, ‘Help! Help me!'”
Rose and his cousin Justin Gallup ran to the apartment complex and told her children to drop the children out the window. After she dropped her two children, she started throwing her personal belongings out the window.
The woman eventually jumped, but Gallup was luckily able to cushion her fall. She only received a scrape to her knee.
The Phoenix Fire Department arrived soon after and Fire Battalion Chief Mike Sandulak said they were lucky that no one was hurt. According to Sandulak, the survival rate of a child falling from a second-story level was 30 to 40 percent without someone helping.
Gallup said he felt amazing afterwards. “It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had, and ever will, most likely.”
The woman was very emotional after the fire and hugged her kids tightly. “Thank you. God bless you,” she said.
These Phoenix teens aren’t the only teens who have saved a family from a fire. In February 2012, a group of teenage boys helped a family of six escape a house fire in Missouri.
The family was sound asleep during the fire, so the boys pounded on the door.
“We were pounding on the door for two to three minutes. We thought about kicking a window in to go get them, but they finally came outside,” Dillon Hicks said.
“We did what we had to do, there’s no other choice but to do what we did, and we had to do it,” he added.
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