Everyday Heroes

Two Teens Save Family of Strangers from Burning House

When they saw the house across the street was on fire, these two young men knew they had to act quickly.


It's not often you hear of people running towards a burning a fire, especially if they're not professional firefighters. But in the case of two brave teenagers, they did just that -- and helped save a family of five in the process.

Cousins Nate Williams Jr. and Darius Dillard were sitting on their front porch in Rochester, NY when they noticed smoke pouring from a neighbor's windows across the street. Williams' dad called 911, but the boys didn't hesitate to rush into the house and help get one adult and four children outside to safety.

"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-TV .

(Source: @_SJPeace_ )

Williams and Dillard attempted to throw water on the fire, but the smoke was too thick and forced the two out of the house. Soon after, local firefighters arrived and extinguished the flames. While the firefighters congratulated the boys for their heroic efforts, they warned them of the dangers of entering a burning building without any professional gear or training. The Rochester Fire Department chief did, however, encourage them to consider fighting fires as a profession.

"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."

The community has expressed their appreciation for the boys' quick action to save the family, and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (pictured below, far right) honored them in a city council meeting. She even declared August 20th as "Darius Dillard and Nate Williams Day."

(Source: Mayor Lovely Warren )

The cousins are just happy that the family is safe, and that they were able to help.

"I'm just going to keep living up to it, and keep moving forward and I hope that family can get back into their house," Williams told WROC . "We're just regular kids growing up. We're trying to make Rochester a better place to live."

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