Teenage Heroes Who Ran Into Burning Home And Rescued A Family Of Five Praised And Recognized For Bravery

Teenage Heroes Who Ran Into Burning Home And Rescued A Family Of Five Praised And Recognized For Bravery

City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Ann Warren praised the two teenagers during a city council meeting and declared August 20th as 'Darius Dillard and Nate Williams Day'. 

Cousins Darius Dillard and Nate Williams were enjoying a stroll down a quiet Rochester neighborhood when the two teenagers spotted something: a house across the street was on fire. The house, located on Emerson street, had smoke billowing out of its second-floor window. The two young men didn't think twice before jumping into action and ran across the street to help.



 

Dillard and Nate managed to save a family of four thanks to their quick thinking. WROC reports that the teenagers got four children and one adult out of the burning house safely. The heroic pair kicked down the burning home's door and rushed the family outside to safety. Their primary goal was to make sure everyone was alright. "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 recalled. 



 

The heroic pair tried to put out the fire, but couldn't get through the smoke. Help soon arrived and the fire was put out in a matter of minutes. The teenagers were praised for their courageous act by the fire department and several others who heard of their feat. The only thing that the boys were told was to let the firefighters handle the flames, as it can be dangerous to deal with. "Job well done. Please don't do it again," said RFD battalion chief David Compton.

But still, Dillard and Williams remained humbled and grateful that they managed to get the family out safely. They have also been encouraged to take up the civil service exam by chief Compton. 



 

"I didn't know them from a can of paint. That's the crazy thing about it. They just thanked me after. Me and my cousin," Dillard said. "I'm still processing everything because one person told me: 'did you wash your cape today?'" The outpouring of encouragement has boosted their appreciation for the community. "Just like my cousin said, 'oh you're my hero'. Thank you so much, we need this type of energy in Rochester. I appreciate all the love," said Williams.



 

City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Ann Warren praised the two teenagers during a city council meeting and declared August 20th as 'Darius Dillard and Nate Williams Day'. 



 

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