This is really cool:
What Ryan Seidewitz lacks in firefighting experience, he made up for in courage – and timing – as he helped a family of five to safety just before flames engulfed their West Liberty home Wednesday evening.
Seidewitz, an 18-year-old junior firefighter with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, said he was driving in his personal vehicle when he noticed smoke and flames near a home in the 1100 block of North Fork Road, just off W.Va. 88, at about 6:30 p.m.
“There was no response, so I kicked the door down,” Seidewitz said.
He discovered the family – a couple and their three children, ages 21, 13 and 10 – toward the back of the house, unaware the shed was on fire. He quickly got them and their pets outside just before flames from the burning shed consumed the home.
Nobody was hurt, though the home appeared to be a total loss. Seidewitz, who will enter college in the fall, said he’s glad he was in the right place at the right time.
“It was just lucky,” he said.
As firefighters from the Bethany, West Liberty and Clearview fire departments battled the blaze, a man was seen carrying several pizzas to the scene from Domino’s, located just a few buildings away. Brooke County Emergency Management officials also contacted the Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide assistance.
I’ve known his parents, Paul and Wendy, who are 3-4 years older than me since I was a kid, and Paul and I and his brother Carl were all in the same VFD from 84-88 (I was a junior member). At any rate, Just thought it was cool someone so young would have the presence of mind to take the risk of getting in trouble with the law and just instinctively kicked the door down.
Although if you live in Florida or Texas where the crazies are, I would never under any circumstance recommend kicking a door down. You’ll get shot.