(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A pizza delivery driver from Indiana received the Carnegie Medal for a heroic act in which he rushed inside a burning house and saved five children stuck inside, nearly losing his own life.
25-year-old Nicholas Bostic was at work delivering pizzas in Lafayette, Indiana, when around noon on July 11, he spotted a fire in a local house.
Bostic parked and yelled to warn anyone inside the home that it was one fire, WTHR reported, as cited by Breitbart News.
The young man heard no reply, which led him to go inside the house, where he saw four children. He immediately led them to safety.
“I went in through the back door and the second step of the staircase is when I saw the faces coming out and they ran past me. I followed behind and then at the back porch I asked them if there was anyone left in the house,” Bostic recounted.
He was told that another child, a girl aged 6, had remained behind. The man rushed back inside.
“[Bostic] re-entered through the back door, ran up the stairs, and frantically searched the second-floor bedrooms as conditions deteriorated rapidly after an explosion on the porch,” explains a page from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission website.
He managed to find the young girl amid heavy smoke and intense heat.
At that point, they could only escape the fire through an upstairs window, which the heroic man had to break with his fist. He held the girl and jumped with her.
“We looked out the window and I went shoulders first through it and I landed on my right side with her on my left side,” he recalled.
“[Bostic] was hospitalized for three days and [was] initially in critical condition” because of the injuries that he suffered as a result of his act of selfless heroism.
The injuries included “smoke inhalation, first- and second-degree burns, and a complex laceration to his right forearm.”
A GoFundMe campaign to help Nicholas Bostic cope with the medical bills has raised more than $640,000.
A family member who initiated the campaign posted on the GoFundMe page an update revealing he had been discharged from the hospital.
“This kid is the real deal,” the family member declared in the campaign page description.
“[The Carnegie Medal] is awarded to civilians who risk death or serious physical injury to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others,” states the website of The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
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