Mike Hughes, a captain of Wenatchee Fire Department, Washington, saves a 9-month-old girl 17 years ago as his team responded to an emergency involving a house fire.
When he arrived at the scene, he found out a 9-month-old baby girl lying in her crib. He immediately snatched the little girl up and got her to safety by handing her off to another fireman outside the house. But after 17 years, he got an incredible surprise as he received a message from a high-school senior. As it turned out, the student had a fantastic proposition for him.
According to Newsner, Mike Hughes feared the worst when he was part of a firefighting team that got an emergency call to respond to a house fire. Not only was the house in a very bad way when he and his partner arrived, but the call over the radio also stated a belief that someone was in the house. Hughes himself expected to find someone, and so was taken aback when he discovered a 9-month-old lying in her crib. That baby was none other than Dawnielle Davison.
“Our engine pulled up and the whole interior part of the house was burning heavily. My partner and I went in and I got a call on the radio that they suspected somebody was in the house.” Hughes told US-based ABC News.
“I went straight to the place in the house that I thought I’d find somebody. The door to the bedroom was partially open and she was in her crib just squirming so I snatched her up and got her to the front door and handed her off to the first firefighter who was there.”
Hughes said that the outcome of the event was a luxury he’s not used to being afforded in his profession. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the fire and rescuing Dawnielle was an obvious plus. In fact, Hughes searched online several years later to see what had come of the baby he rescued from the fire. He found Dawnielle, then in middle-school, on Facebook.
“I sent her a note that said, ‘I think I pulled you out of a fire when you were a baby. And she gave me a test…she wrote back, ‘Oh yeah, what was my mom doing?’”
“I replied, ‘Well she was at work and your dad was there.”
The source also stated that Hughes was completely right in his recollection, a forged connection between the pair, with Hughes often attending her track events and crossing paths with her at the local store from time to time. Even now that he is a retired firefighter, he couldn’t believe being offered an invitation to Davison’s high school graduation.
“She sent me an invitation so I thought, ‘By golly, I’m going,’” he said. “It meant an awful lot to me. I was really happy.”
Hughes never thought that the baby he pulled 17 years ago from the fire will be the same girl he’ll be watching walking across a stage on the way to collecting her high school diploma
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