Quick thinking and quick action from an Arizona woman saved a neighboring family whose house was on fire on New Year’s Day. And thanks to modern technology, the rescue was captured on on a Ring doorbell camera.
According to KMOV-TV in Phoenix, the episode (which happened in nearby Avondale, Arizona), involved Caroline Palisch, who was getting ready the first day of the New Year when she noticed smoke coming out of her neighbors’ home. She ran over to the house, where Nicole Salgado, her husband David and their four children were sleeping.
The video of what happened next was shared on the goodness_movement Instagram account.
As the accompanying text recounted, “Caroline Palisch went to check on neighbors after she saw fire coming out of their garage and smelled smoke — so she starting banging on their door. Police say the roof collapsed minutes later and the family of 6 wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for Caroline.”
“We were all dead asleep, woken up to banging on the door. It sounded like the police,” said Nicole Salgado, who later uploaded the Ring video documented Palisch’s heroic actions.
She can be seen in the uploaded video, repeatedly banging on the door, yelling, and ringing the doorbell. She is eventually able to get their attention, and the whole family flees the house to safety.
As Nicole Salgado told KMOV, “The firefighters told us that if it would have been five minutes later then that roof would have came down on us.”
Palisch responded, “I’ve been a nurse for 40 years and you hope that you’ve always done good for everyone but to actually see the result and to see them alive and well and their children are here. Can’t ask for nothing else.”
Both Nicole and David are also health care workers, and in addition to sharing that in common with Palisch, they all now share a bond. “She’s family, she’s going to be apart of our lives forever, you know,” Nicole remarked, “She saved our lives.”