A family from Leland, North Carolina was on vacation away from home when their house caught fire this past Saturday evening. Off-duty Leland Police Officer Jonathan Hall, whom is also a neighbor, noticed this and immediately thought of the family’s dog trapped inside. Without any hesitation, he burst in through the front door of the burning house and rescued her.
“I turned, ran and kicked down the door,” Hall said. “I searched for the dog but the smoke had already taken over the house. It was pretty much engulfed when I went it. I didn’t realize it at the time.”
Hall searched the entirety of the Davidson family home while the house blazed away. He went outside to grab a breath of fresh air, and that’s right when he saw Kia running straight at him and the door he had just kicked open to try to save her. Kia managed to get out and away from the burning building, and Hall immediately got himself out and away to safety as well.
Other neighbors in the small community are hailing Hall as a hero. However, when asked about it he just expressed that he partly just understood what he did as his sworn duty, and he also did it in the hopes that if his house had caught fire while he was away from home, that someone would do exactly the same thing in turn.
“It’s not about me, like I said I’d hope somebody would do it for me,” Hall said. “I have a dog, and two passed away, and I hope if my home caught on fire I’d hope somebody would do the same for me.”
The homes that were adjoining the Davidson’s home were also damaged in the blaze, and investigators are calling the home a total loss. Single dad John and his eight-year-old daughter Hali have lost all of their material possessions, their home and unfortunately some fish and a hermit crab.
“I’m saddened, it’s heartbreaking,” said neighbor Donna Porthier. “I couldn’t even imagine because he’s going to come home and he doesn’t even have clothes. All he has is a couple of outfits he had for the weekend.”
Many of the Davidson’s neighbors have been pitching in to help them out. They’ve been collecting donations for them of all sorts; food, clothing, cash, basically anything they can get their hands on to do whatever they can to help. Both Hall and Porthier say that the neighborhood is pretty tight-knit any no one wants to see any of the other families have to go through something like this.
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