Indiana fire chief praises delivery man's 'heroism'

STORY: Bostic told the Lafayette Fire Department once he entered the home, he found an 18-year-old woman with three other people: a 14-year-old, 13-year-old and two-year-old and led them to safety outside. It was then that Bostic was told a six-year-old girl was still in the burning home, so he went back inside to what he called “a lagoon of smoke,” according to Brian Alkire, Lafayette Fire Department’s assistant chief of fire prevention.

From there, Bostic carried the six-year-old girl to a second-floor window where they jumped out of the burning building to safety. Body camera footage from responding officers shows Bostic emerging from the yard carrying the girl, handing her off and then later asking first responders, “Is the baby okay?”

Alkire said the only injuries sustained during the incident were a substantial cut on Bostic’s right arm and the six-year-old girl suffering a small laceration on her foot, as well as some bumps and bruises. The assistant fire chief said Bostic’s rescue effort likely saved the young girl’s life.

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