A pizza delivery driver saved five children from a burning home during his rounds.
Nicholas Bostic, saw the fire at a house in Lafayette, Indiana, just after midnight. He decided to turn around and run into the building as he was unable to call 911 and did not want to waste time finding someone else for help.
He started shouting when he arrived at the front door and began searching the house as he did not hear any response, then he found everyone asleep.
Bostic rescued four people aged 1 to 18 before learning there was still a six-year-old left inside. He went in ‘without hesitation’ and searched upstairs where he had found the others but to no avail. Just when he went towards the a window to escape he heard a child’s cry coming from downstairs.
According to the Metro, a police spokesman said:
Nicolas told me about an inner dialog he had with himself. He knew he was there to get that child out, and even though the fire and smoke downstairs frightened him, he would not quit.
The police described how Bostic tried to escape after finding the remaining six-year-old:
He untangled the string and jumped from the window, ensuring he landed on the side where he was not holding the child. He picked himself up off the ground and carried the girl to safety.
While Bostic suffered severe smoke inhalation and had a severe cut on his right arm, the six-year-old girl was ‘miraculously mostly uninjured’, the police said.
Bostic was airlifted to Indianapolis for treatment.
The authorities of the city of Lafayette publicly recognised Bostic’s heroric deeds on their official Facebook page:
Nicholas Bostic’s heroic actions saved lives. His selflessness exhibited when he rushed into a burning Lafayette home to save children trapped inside is inspiring, and he has impressed many with his courage, tenacity, and steadfast calmness in the face of such perilous danger. The Lafayette Police Department, the Lafayette Fire Department, and the Honorable Mayor Tony Roswarski are eternally grateful for Nicholas’s intervention and would like to publicly recognize him for his actions. On August 2nd, during National Night Out at the Aviators game, Nicholas will be honored, and we invite you all to attend.
Bostic’s relative set up a GoFundMe page for him to raise funds for his recovery and treatment. So far it has raised more than $449,709, exceeding its goal of $100,000.