Four people, including a 15-year-old, are being hailed heroes after they rescued a 60-year-old woman from a burning home in Hartford over the weekend.
Without a second thought, the four rushed in to help, not knowing their act of bravery would earn them the appreciation of the Hartford Fire Department.
"You put yourself in harm's way to help a fellow citizen, and it is my honor today to honor you with the Chief's Certificate of Excellence,” said Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman.
Three of the honorees are related to the victim, including 15-year-olf Gabriel Walker, who said he watched as his grandmother dangled from her second-floor window.
"I kept yelling at her, telling her to jump out the window. I'll catch her. I guess when the fire actually reached our room, she decided to jump,” Walker said.
“I didn't need an award. She's my mom. I love her. I would have done anything for her,” said Geneva Waterman, the victim’s daughter.
The fire ignited early Saturday at a two-story home on Vine Street.
Marcus Armstrong, 23, also lived in the house and said the flames moved quickly, taking over the second floor.
"I went upstairs at first to try to see if I could grab his grandma but the fire had engulfed the whole back part,” Armstrong said.
As the honorees shied away from the recognition, they mentioned a mystery man who stepped in to help and they are hoping he will come forward.
"He came out of nowhere and he didn't have to. So, the fact that he went out of his way to help me save my aunt really means a lot. So, this is as much his as it is mine,” said Ian Joiner, who is the victim’s nephew.
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