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Nicholas Bostic, a pizza delivery man from Indiana was hailed as a “superhero” after he ran into a burning building and saved five young children. The rescue left Bostic with serious injuries. Fortunately, over 17,000 people have contributed to a GoFundMe page set up for the heroic 25-year-old.

Pizza Delivery Man Hailed As A Hero

Daily Mail reported that Nicholas Bostic was out delivering pizzas on in Lafayette when he came upon the burning home. He immediately ran inside, and not even the flames and smoke halfway up the staircase could stop him from running up to rescue Seionna Barrett, an 18-year-old who was up there with her three younger siblings and one of their friends.

After getting Barrett and three of the kids to safety, Bostic heard the cries of her six-year-old sister Kaylani, nicknamed “Baby K,” who was still trapped at the top of the stairs.

“When I saw the smoke, it was already halfway up the staircase. It scared me a lot, but then I started hearing Kaylani’s cries,” Bostic told Fox News

“I doubled my shirt over and put my hands in front of me and with my ears wide open. I found her and I carried her snug fit in my arms up the stairs,” he added. “And I did fall over the last step. We fell and we got back up.”

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Bostic Jumps Out Window With Baby K

Bostic proceeded to jump out the window with Kaylani, using his own body to break their fall so that she would not get hurt. Bostic, who suffered severe smoke inhalation as well as other injuries, only had one concern when he was treated by paramedics. 

“Is the baby ok?” he frantically asked them. 

Watch Bostic talk more about the rescue in the video below.

Bostic also suffered burns to several parts of his body as well as a major laceration on his arm from the window break and subsequent fall. Four of the five children had no injuries at all, while Baby K suffered minor injuries in the fall and was treated successfully by paramedics at the scene. 

David Barrett, the children’s father, told Bostic afterward that he  is now “officially part of the family.”

“We feel very blessed for what Nick did,” their father told The Washington Post. “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.”

A GoFundMe page was set up for Bostic with the goal of raising $100,000 for his medical bills, but it has far surpassed that, raising over $564,000! 

Bostic said that while he has no formal training in rescuing techniques, he’s an avid watcher of shows like “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” and “Blue Bloods.” 

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Bostic Praised For His ‘Selflessness’

Lafayette Police Department’s Lt. Randy Sherer praised Bostic, saying that his “selflessness during this incident is inspiring. What he doesn’t understand is his actions weren’t ordinary, they were extraordinary.”

“He went down those stairs to save that little girl when he thought it was impossible just moments before,” he continued. “There’s only one way to define that: courageous and heroic.”

There’s no denying that Bostic is a hero who is incredibly brave. Perhaps he should consider a new career in the world of rescuing!

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