An off-duty volunteer firefighter driving by burning home rescues 12-year-old girl

A Pennsylvania firefighter is being called a hero for helping to save a 12-year-old girl from a burning home.Elijah Hale has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 14 years old.He was off duty Monday night and in his personal vehicle when he spotted a fire and decided to check it out.”I knew that something was not right. I found out that there was a girl trapped up there,” he said.Fire crews hadn’t arrived yet, and Hale didn’t have any of his protective gear. But knew he needed to do something.He said he found a ladder in a barn next door and put it up to the second floor.”I believe she found a guitar and used that to break the storm window out. If she didn’t do that, the longer she was exposed to that smoke, the worse off it would have been for her,” Hale said.The girl was shaken but OK. That’s all Hale needed to know. “To be quite honest, as soon as I got her out, EMS arrived. I made sure she was in their care, and I left,” he said.It wasn’t until hours later that he was called back and recognized for his efforts.Hale said he didn’t think he did anything special. He credits the 911 dispatchers and others who stopped to help.”Big man up above, you know, put me in the right place, right time. Just thankful I was able to do what I did,” Hale said.

A Pennsylvania firefighter is being called a hero for helping to save a 12-year-old girl from a burning home.

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Elijah Hale has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 14 years old.

He was off duty Monday night and in his personal vehicle when he spotted a fire and decided to check it out.

“I knew that something was not right. I found out that there was a girl trapped up there,” he said.

Fire crews hadn’t arrived yet, and Hale didn’t have any of his protective gear. But knew he needed to do something.

He said he found a ladder in a barn next door and put it up to the second floor.

“I believe she found a guitar and used that to break the storm window out. If she didn’t do that, the longer she was exposed to that smoke, the worse off it would have been for her,” Hale said.

The girl was shaken but OK. That’s all Hale needed to know.

“To be quite honest, as soon as I got her out, EMS arrived. I made sure she was in their care, and I left,” he said.

It wasn’t until hours later that he was called back and recognized for his efforts.

Hale said he didn’t think he did anything special. He credits the 911 dispatchers and others who stopped to help.

“Big man up above, you know, put me in the right place, right time. Just thankful I was able to do what I did,” Hale said.

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