Hale was on his way to work when he
UNION TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania – A Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter is being credited with saving the life of a young girl after he came across her burning home while going to work.
Elijah Hale was driving to an appointment for his landscaping business, Simply Willow Plants, when he spotted the smoke.
“I was en route to my second estimate, which was at 6:30,” Hale told FOX 43. “When I saw the cloud of smoke I got a little curious myself and figured I’d go down and check it out.”
Hale is a member of the Irishtown Fire Company, Alpha Fire Company No.1 of Littlestown, and Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services.
Hale said the fire “didn’t look good at all.” He found a Good Samaritan alerting him to the child on the second floor, who was trying to break the window to escape.
Hale called the dispatcher to alert firefighters that someone was trapped.
“The dispatcher said there’s a barn on the property, maybe you can find something to get up to her. I took that advice and there was a 16-foot extension ladder in the barn.”
Hale raised the ladder and climbed up to help the girl escape.