Firefighter Who Saved Girl's Life 17 Years Ago Attends Her Graduation


About 17 years ago, firefighter Mike Hughes rescued a baby girl from a blazing house fire.

On Saturday, he watched her graduate high school.

Though Hughes fought countless fires and rescued even more people throughout his career, his third rescue — the 9-month-old baby he pulled out of a crib as her house burned down — always stuck in his mind. It was rare for a rescue to go so smoothly; everyone emerged alive and unharmed.

Over the years, Hughes kept tabs on the girl, Dawnielle Davison. They spoke on Facebook, and Hughes even attended some of her track meets for support.

But earlier this month, Hughes, who is now retired, received a message from Davison: She asked him to come to her high school graduation.

He told ABC News,

The graduation was held at Davison's Wenatchee, Washington high school on Saturday, and for both Hughes and Davison, it was an especially emotional event.

Hughes said,

Citations: Washington Firefighter Attends Graduation Of Girl He Rescued From Crib (ABC News)