The house fire was out of control when Mike Hughes and his fellow firefighters arrived at the scene of the blaze 17 years ago. With no time to spare, the first responder rushed into the single-story home and found an infant lying in her crib, helpless and within seconds of losing her life amidst the dense smoke and flames.
Hughes — now retired from the Wenatchee, Wash., fire department — took the 9-month-old baby, Dawnielle Davison, in his arms and carried her to safety outside the burning home. That’s when his picture was snapped — a dramatic photo that appeared on the front page of the local newspaper.
Fast forward to 2015. Through social media, Hughes has connected with the girl he saved on that fateful day 17 years ago; and Davison has invited her rescuer to attend a ceremony marking another momentous event in her life — her high school graduation.
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By clicking on the video above, you can see how Mike and Dawnielle celebrated the special occasion when the ex-firefighter was “rewarded” for his heroism.
h/t: Life News