Off-duty firefighter, Stefon Douglas aged 33 saved a toddler from a burning building after using a spare breathing apparatus left in his car.
Douglas was driving home from work on a Sunday when he noticed people evacuating a house fire in Brooklyn, New York.
He immediately remembered that he had been in a school presenting to students and had a spare breathing apparatus.
In just shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of Crocs, he bravely entered the burning building when he heard whimpering coming from inside.
After a quick sweep of the building, he found a 3-year-old girl trapped in the bathroom surrounded by thick smoke and flames.
Stefon carried the little girl to safety before rushing back in to save her 31-year-old mom. What a hero!
The firefighter, of Engine Company 276 said,“Thankfully I had the breathing apparatus in my truck as there’s no way I would have performed the duties I did without that”
“I was able to knock down pockets of fire using the garden hose and that’s when I heard the girl whimpering inside. I felt the little girl, grabbed her, picked her up and walked straight back out the same way I came.”
“There are definitely some times I sit back and think, why me, why was I picked for this?,” he said.
“I really knew nothing about the job until I got here but now I love it. It was the best decision of my life.”