Elijah Hale, a volunteer firefighter, was off duty when he noticed a fire not too far away. Once he approached the scene, he was told a 12-year-old girl was trapped on the second floor. First Responders had not arrived yet and Elijah had no protective gear, but he knew he had to do something. Elijah found a nearby ladder and put it to the second floor to rescue the child. Elijah said, “she was shaken up, but alright.” He was later called back to the scene and recognized for his bravery.