This off-duty volunteer firefighter rescued girl from burning building
Elijah Hale has been a volunteer firefighter right since he was a 14-year-old. His quick thinking and courage helped him rescue a girl trapped inside a burning building recently when he noticed a house on fire while driving down Bender Road in Littlestown, PA.
Elijah was off-duty when he drove by the house on fire.
“I knew something wasn’t right, found out a girl was trapped up in there,” he told KMBC. “The smoke had filled the entire house.”
With no backup and no gear, Elijah found a ladder to rescue the girl trapped on the second floor.
“It’s a blur. It was probably 30 seconds from the time I pulled up until the time I got the ladder. Then another 30 seconds till she was out of the house and outside. It was very split second,” he recalled.
Elijah left the scene as soon as EMS arrived, but hours later he was called back to the scene to be recognized for his courage that saved a life.