WEST LINN, Oregon—A heroic man in West Linn ran into a burning house Wednesday night to save a woman inside.
At the time, the Goodell family was hanging out, making dinner when 11-year-old Egan was the first to see what was going on and immediately got his dad.
“The kids come out yelling the house is on fire across the street,” Donnie Goodell said.
“The next thing I know he’s just flying past me and runs in the house.” Donnie’s wife Alicia Goodell said.
“I could tell he was panicking and I think that’s what made me go in was seeing the concerned look on his face,” Donnie…
Donnie said the man who lives there was trying to get back inside the home to get his wife but couldn’t with all of the smoke.
“I could tell he was panicking and I think that’s what made me go in was seeing the concerned look on his face,” Donnie said. “I wouldn’t want to go out that way so I just figured somebody had to go in and at least try.”
He said he could hardly see but could feel the heat from the flames and luckily heard the woman and was able to find her.
“By that point I wasn’t able to carry her out I was feeling a bit weak so I had to just put her down and just drag her out,” he said.
The fire trucks came shortly after and for Donnie, everything started to sink in.
“She could have been hurt more, I could have been hurt, my kids were freaking out. I knew I was scaring my kids by doing that so everything just kind of sunk in a little while after,” he said.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue said three people were injured. Donnie said that includes him and the couple. He had to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning but is fine now. Officials say they’re all expected to be ok.
“I couldn’t be more proud of him, I mean I got a little worried sure but I couldn’t be more proud. I mean he saved somebody else’s life,” Alicia said.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is still investigating what caused the fire.
Stranger Saves Baby’s Life from Fire
The day before Thanksgiving of 2018 seemed like any other day until Byron Campbell, a 21-year-old, saw smoke emerging from the windows of an apartment complex.
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Byron stopped his car and rushed out immediately to warn people of the imminent danger. As he was helping others out, he thought he heard an infant cry and looked up the side of the building, only to see smoke pouring out of the third-floor windows.
What Byron saw next left him feeling unnerved. He told Dallas News, “The young mother was holding her baby and yelling, ‘Can somebody catch my baby?’” Campbell said. “I just said, ‘Trust me, I’ll catch her!’”
The 27-year-old mother, Shuntara Thomas, took an absolute leap of faith as she dropped her 1-year-old baby girl three stories down towards the stranger.
To the relief of one and all, Byron was able to catch the baby safe and sound. He then handed the infant to a nearby woman and resumed helping others.
“Throwing my baby out to complete stranger that I didn’t know, but I do thank him because without him my child’s life would not have been saved,” explained Thomas.
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As Campbell recalled the incident, he told KXAS, “My first reaction was, ‘Don’t let this baby hit the ground.’”
While one of the residents witnessed this heroic rescue attempt in front of his eyes, he said, “It was just horrific, but at those moments you just have to have some kind of trust in this world. You have to believe in human kindness.”
According to the Dallas Fire-Rescue officials, six residents, including the baby, had to jump from the third floor to save themselves from the fire.
It was a day when not only the police and firefighters but also neighbors and strangers turned into heroes to help the residents affected by the blaze.
HEROES. These young men were hanging out when they realized a nearby apartment complex was on fire in Dallas. Families…
Meanwhile, other residents of the Ferguson apartments in the lower floors pulled their mattresses out to help cushion their falls.
Though the building was a total loss, what really counts is that none of the residents suffered from life-threatening injuries.
After this, Thomas realized that, “So I may not have anything else, but it teaches me not to be thankful for the material things but to be thankful for everything that I do have.”
Epoch Times reporter Ashok Ramprasad contributed to this report.