A woman is crediting God after her 7-year-old son helped save the life of his toddler sister from a deadly housefire.
Eli who lives in New Tazewell, Tennessee, is Chris and Nicole Davidson’s foster child and has earned the title of a “hero” in the community.
He is one of the 34 children the Davidson’s have fostered who also have two adopted children, a 2-year-old named Elijah and a 22-month-old named Erin.
On Dec. 8, the family retired to bed but Nicole woke up at around 11:30 pm and says that someone woke her up, “At about 11:30, someone woke me up, and I know it was God,” she said.
I haven’t posted about what has went on this week. I will forever be so grateful that my family is ok. I know it was God that woke me up.
A fire was raging through their living room and Chris and Nicole, who were both former firefighters, used their experience to fight it. While Chris used a fire extinguisher Nicole rushed to save their two boys, who were nearest to the fire.
Their baby daughter was in her crib in a room that was inaccessible due to the fire, “The scariest moment of my life was when I thought we couldn’t get her,” Nicole said wiping away her tears.
Chris said, “The smoke and fire were so thick there was no way I could get to her,” he added, “We went outside to get to her from the window, but there was nothing for me to stand on to reach up there. So I picked up Eli, who went through the window and was able to grab her from her crib.”
Eli was scared but he feared for his sister’s life, “Well dad bust the window and then, and then I said ‘I can’t do it’ about two times and then, and then I said, and then I said ‘I got her, dad,’” he recalled. “And then — and when we got down there, I said, I said, that I — I was scared but I didn’t want my sister to die.”
We give God the glory because today this family is alive and doing well, although their house has been burned down completely. By the time the firefighters arrived, the entire house was on fire. “We couldn’t be more proud of Eli,” Chris said. “He did something a grown man wouldn’t do.”
This pandemic year has been difficult for this family as Chris lost his job and they were with family while trying to decide what to do next. “We lost everything that we have ever had,” Chris said. “Our entire lives were in that home. Our three cars were also damaged in the fire. He adds, “It’s devastating. We have nothing. You have never been as humble as you are when you don’t even have your own underwear to wear.”
“I didn’t want my sister to die.”
A 7-year-old boy in Tennessee climbed through a bedroom window to save his sister from a house fire.
Eli is a hero!
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“I haven’t posted about what has went on this week,” Nicole shared on Facebook, with a photo of their burned home. “I will forever be so grateful that my family is ok. I know it was God that woke me up.”
Eli has been appreciated by many including Phil Robertson who wrote, “Some kids daydream about growing up to be heroes. This kid became one at age 7,” he posted on Dec. 19. “Kudos, little man.” A GoFundMe has helped over $353,000 of the $5,000 goal which will really help the family rebuild their lives.
Eli has advice for all of us saying, “It’s okay to be scared, but you’re brave inside and you can do it when you want to.”