Four young children and their 18-year-old sister were recently rescued from a house fire in Indiana, and it’s all thanks to the heroics of a 25-year-old pizza delivery man.
In bodycam footage shared by the LPD, Nicholas Bostic, of Lafayette, LA was seen running out of the burning home carrying a small child.
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It all started around 12:30 a.m. when Bostic was on his way home, upon seeing flames coming from a house, he hit the brakes without hesitation and worked his way over to the home.
“I saw the fire on the balcony so I slammed on the brakes, pulled in the driveway, and ran into the house from the back. I was hollering ‘Is there anybody in there?’” He explained to Fox 59.
He didn’t take time to contemplate his next moves and rushed into the back door of the home, his screams waking almost everyone in the household.
Bostic escorted four people out from the house, ushering them through the flames to safety, and after they exited the house, he found out that one more child was missing, possibly still inside the home.
Once again, he heroically made his way back into the home, with thick smoke making it difficult to see anything.
“The smoke just came out of nowhere. It was pitch black, pitch black. The heat was excruciating,” Bostic recalled.
After wrapping his shirt around his nose and mouth, he persisted, moving through the home and following the sound of cries to locate the child.
Bostic had to even punch through a window to escape after the door he entered through was blocked from the smoke. He jumped to safety with the child, making sure the landing was secure.
He ran alongside the house to give the child to first responders, bodycam footage capturing his worried pleas for the kid, “Is the baby OK? Please tell me that baby’s OK.”
Bostic himself was then lifted to the hospital where he suffered severe smoke inhalation, with cuts and blisters on his arms and legs.
This selfless individual was able to rescue all 5 children who came out unscathed, putting his own life at risk for complete strangers.
The Lafayette Police Department stated, “His selflessness during this incident is inspiring, and he has impressed many with his courage, tenacity, and steadfast calmness in the face of such perilous danger.”
At a local Aviators baseball game, Bostic will be honored for his courageous and daring rescue, his bravery would not go unnoticed, even if Bostic himself doesn’t consider his act to be one of heroics.
“If it were me up there trapped, or asleep and there was a fire, I’d be hoping that the guy driving would consider doing the same if they were able to,” said Bostic.