Illinois Child Saved Moments Before Second Story Room Engulfs in Flames
Here is another story of heroes hiding in plain sight.
On Sunday at noon in the village of Sublette, Illinois, their local fire department was on a call when another call came in for a two-story house fire with a burn victim. While Sublette Fire Department and other fire crews were dispatched and on their way to the fire nearby neighbors saw a man who appeared to live at the residence sprinting out of the home with a child in hand. This is when these two neighbors kicked into "hero mode."
Sublette Fire Department reported, via Facebook, two neighbors noticed a small child in the window on the second floor of the home while a man was racing out of the house with a child in his arms. The men didn't hesitate. Without second-guessing the situation their mission was to save the child on the upper level.
Sincere thanks to Curtis Kessel and Nick Wilson for their heroic efforts today to saving the life of one of our residents!
The two men, Curtis Ryan Kessel and Nick Wilson hopped the back fence, with one of them scaling to the second story window (Curtis), grabbed the child by the ankle, and lowered the child down to Nick. This, all happening within minutes of smoke and fire billowed from the window.
The father was transported by Sublette EMS for burns and the children were transported by Amboy EMS for smoke inhalation and evaluation (conditions unknown at this time).
10 other departments assisted with containing the fire.
Curtis and Nick are true heroes and if you know someone like them, be sure and share their story by nominating them to be a Hometown Hero.