TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida man sifting through the rubble of a fire that destroyed his home happened to be in the right place at the right time to help save a child injured in a car accident nearby.
Gill ran to the road, where he saw three cars involved in an accident around 7 p.m. Sunday. He checked on the occupants in the vehicles. At first, he was relieved to see the empty child seat in one of the vehicles, until he heard a child’s cry from beneath the front seat. He yelled for help from others who had gathered at the scene.
“I don’t know who it was, but he was able to lift the guy up who was in there just enough for me to slide up around him and go under the seat and pull this child out,” Gill said. “All I could think about was this poor kid. It was a life-changing thing.”
The Florida Highway Patrol said the child was in a vehicle driving along the Apalachee Parkway when it was t-boned by an SUV that pulled out of a Dollar General. A third car then hit them from behind.
All of the victims’ conditions, including the child’s, are unknown. It is unclear if anyone will be charged. Investigators said the child was not properly restrained, WCTV reported.
Gill has previously been featured for helping. In 2019, he helped repair homes in Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael ripped through the area, WCTV reported. He said lost everything in the fire Friday, including childhood mementos, thousands of dollars worth of tools and his wallet.
© 2021 Cox Media Group