At around 10pm on June 1st, in Elkland PA, 12-year-old Bennet Campbell was walking home from the park with his family when they noticed that the back of their neighbor’s house was on fire.
Bennet immediately ran around the home to the front door to alert the homeowners. "I ran to the house and started pounding first and then started kicking at the door,” he recalls, “[the fire] started working its way to the front of the house and started up towards the roof.” Soundly sleeping inside the home were Kyle Herman and his two children. When Herman learned the back of his home was on fire, he ran to investigate and was blasted in the face by the raging fire. “I was blasted with smoke and flames, I ran upstairs, grabbed my daughter, got her outside, ran back in, grabbed my son, got him out and I was catching my breath. I was wanting to go back and to try and get our pets but is too late,”
Thanks to Bennet’s alert, his neighbor was able to get his two young children safely out of the home before they were injured. Unfortunately, the father sustained burns that required a stay in the hospital, but he’s expected to fully recover. The Herman family is now counting their blessings and are grateful for Bennet’s quick thinking that spared them from a bigger tragedy.