Saving someone’s life is the most precious act of kindness. Recently, a 25-year-old pizza delivery man was hailed as a hero for saving the lives of 5 children (aged between 1-18) from a burning house.

Nicholas Bostic, the pizza delivery man, of Lafayette, was driving early on July 11 in the northwestern Indiana city when he saw the burning house. He stopped his vehicle and ran inside the house without hesitating. He immediately alerted the residents who were sleeping.


“I slammed on the brakes, I turned the steering wheel, I did a 180. I ran into the back of the house and I was yelling for anybody. Four faces, three or four faces, came out the top,” he told CBS affiliate WLFI-TV.

He cried allegedly and woke 4 children and a family friend from their sleep. 18-year-old Seionna Barret, the oldest of five children, immediately gathered her siblings together. The 18-year-old was able to get three of the children out herself.

After that, Seionna told Bostic that her 6-year-old sister was still missing. Without hesitating, Bostic jumped into the house to search for that child. But after checking all the bedrooms, he wasn’t able to find the youngster.

“I heard a faint whine, a faint crying noise and I went down there till I found that baby,” Bostic said.

“He moved to a window to exit the house when he heard a child’s cry coming from downstairs,” write city reporters who spoke with the rescuer. “Nicholas [had] an inner dialog with himself. He knew he was there to get that child out, and even though the fire and smoke downstairs frightened him, he would not quit.”

“I don’t know how to explain it, but it was like I accepted I was going to probably die, right there, that night,” he told journalist Dave Bangert. “But it was a weird calm. You just got to work as fast as you can.”

Pizza Delivery Guy Saves 5 Kids Trapped In Burning Home
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In the video, we can see a police officer taking the crying child as Bostic sits down on the curb, saying, “I need oxygen.”

“Is the baby OK? Please tell me the baby’s OK,” asks Bostic. Officials replied that the child is completely safe and unharmed. “You did good, dude,” one medic tells him.

Bostic suffered 1st-degree burns, a serious cut on his arm, and smoke inhalation. He was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital and discharged after two days.

Bostic said: “I’m not a hero.”

He just did what he would have wanted someone to do for him if his home was on fire, he added.


“It was all worth it. I kept reminding myself, what a small sacrifice. This temporary pain … it’s so worth it,” he told WLFI-TV.

“If opportunity came again and I had to do it, I would do it,” he said. “I knew what I was risking. I knew the next second it could be my life. But every second counted.”

David Barrett, the four siblings’ father, told The Washington Post that they’re thankful to him and his family feels “very blessed for what Nick did.”

“He’s a real hero, and my daughter’s a real hero for waking the kids up. I don’t like to think about what might have happened if Nick hadn’t shown up. I’m grateful beyond words,” he said.

“Nicholas Bostic’s heroic actions saved lives. His selflessness during this incident is inspiring, and he has impressed many with his courage, tenacity, and steadfast calmness in the face of such perilous danger. The Lafayette Police Department and the Honorable Mayor Tony Roswarski are eternally grateful for Nicholas’ intervention and would like to publicly recognize him for his actions,” LPD shared in a statement.

Later, Bostic’s cousin made a GoFundMe page for his medical bills. The amount crossed the $100,000 goal and now reached $568,033. Thanks to 17600+ fundraisers.

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