A Washington man has been hailed as a hero after saving his niece from a house fire. And the least we can say is that he showed absolutely extraordinary courage.
After a fire broke out at the Bryd family’s Washington home, Derrick said he rushed to help his sister, Kayla, get all the kids out of the second-story window. He grabbed two of the three children who were trapped in the house. But when her 8-year-old niece Mercedes was afraid to jump after her mother fell from the roof, she fell back into the burning room.
At that particularly critical moment, the 20-year-old could hear his young niece screaming his name and that’s when he sprang into action to save her life. “I just ran up the stairs and went through the fire. I could feel it burning me. I grabbed her, took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wouldn’t breathe in smoke, and wore it off as fast as I could,” he said .
In an interview with our fellow ABC News affiliate KOMO in the hospital after the rescue , he said, “I would do it again, I really would. I do not care. I would run back and do it again even if I get more badly burned or die. I would rather be burned than her. She is young. She still has a lot going for her. She’s a good girl,” Derrick explained, lying in his hospital bed, gauze covering his face.
The 20-year-old was airlifted to the emergency room and suffered second and third degree burns to his arms, back and face. Despite major injuries and a fairly worrying state of health, the doctors say he should come out of it without irreversible sequelae but only scars, after a long stay in hospital.
One word: Respect!