A heroic act unfolded in Washington as a man selflessly emerged as a savior, charging into a blazing residence to rescue his eight-year-old niece. Derrick Byrd, a courageous 20-year-old, exhibited immense bravery despite sustaining second and third-degree burns on his face, back, and arms as he hastily entered the engulfed building upon learning of his niece’s predicament.
In an interview with KOMO-TV, Byrd humbly expressed, “Even though I got burnt, I really didn’t care, though. I’d rather get burnt than her. She’s young. She’s still got a lot of stuff going for her. She’s a good kid.” The incident occurred in Aberdeen, Washington, where Byrd, along with six other family members, including his sister Kayla and her three children, were present when the fire broke out.
Byrd fearlessly caught his nephews, Junior and Royce, as they courageously jumped from a second-floor window. However, his eight-year-old niece Mercedes, having witnessed Kayla’s fall from the roof, was too terrified to follow suit. Without hesitation, Byrd dashed back into the blazing house to rescue her, instantly feeling the scorching flames upon himself.
“I could feel it burning me,” he recounted. “I got her and took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wouldn’t breathe in any smoke, and I just carried her out as fast as I could.”
Even in the face of injuries, Byrd affirmed that he would repeat his valiant act if necessary. “I’d run back in there and do it again even if I got burnt worse or died.”
Modestly dismissing the title of hero bestowed upon him, Byrd responded, “I can’t say a hero. I’d just say for my niece and nephews, I wasn’t going to let them die.”
Derrick Byrd’s unwavering heroism is truly remarkable. Moments like these reveal the true essence of individuals, and Byrd can undoubtedly take pride in his selfless actions. Let us share this story to honor a genuine real-life hero and wish him a swift recovery.