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Teen Heroes Rescued An Entire Family of Strangers From a House Fire

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Firefighters are brave for stepping directly into danger each and every day. It’s simply all in a day’s work. And then there are the people who step into danger even though it’s not a part of their job. They do it because they want to help people and because it’s the right thing to do. Two teen boys are being called heroes for doing exactly that.

Two teenagers ran into a burning house and saved an entire family in Rochester, NY.

Cousins Nate Williams and Darius Dillard were sitting on a porch when they noticed smoke pouring out of the house across the street. Williams’ dad called 911, but the two boys didn’t want to waste any time helping the family.

The teens sprinted inside the burning building and helped guide one adult and four children outside.

“They were trying to get stuff out of the house and we were like, ‘No, you don’t have any time to get anything out of the house, you just need to get out of the house and go because I don’t want none of you to get burnt or nothing,'” Williams told WROC.

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“Downstairs it was clear because they didn’t even know it was upstairs only, but when we went upstairs it was dark. You couldn’t see. The smoke, once it got in your lungs, it was hard. We could have passed out,” Dillard explained to WROC.

Williams and Dillard tried to put the fire out themselves, but the smoke stopped them. Luckily, the Rochester fire department arrived soon after and extinguished the flames. While the fire department praised the boys, they said that in the future civilians should leave fire rescue to the trained professionals. But, the teenagers were encouraged to make a career out of their heroic attitude.

“Job well done. Please don’t do it again,” said RFD battalion chief David Compton. “And sign up for our test. I’d love to see the two of them sign up and take our exam and do well.”

“I’m feeling great. As long as the family is safe, that’s all that matters. But hopefully they can move back to their lovely house. And get situated,” Williams said.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren honored Williams and Dillard in a city council meeting. He even declared August 20 “Darius Dillard and Nate Williams Day.”

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“I’ll continue to live up to what they’re noticing me for and I’m not going to let the city down,” said Dillard.

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Sarah Halle Corey

Written by Sarah Halle Corey