By the end of the night, the Indiana man had rescued five people from a burning house, including a 6-year-old girl he jumped with from a second-story window, and suffered serious injuries that were “worth anything.”
While driving his car, Bostic passed a fire at a two-story home in Lafayette, a suburb outside Indianapolis.
“It was adrenaline. I bumped my butt in the house,” he said.
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Meanwhile, David and Tiera Barrett were just finishing up a date night when David got a call from his 18-year-old daughter Seionna, who was babysitting her three siblings, ages 1, 6 and 13, along with a 13-year-old friend of her sibling. Seionna told her father that her house was on fire and she and the four children were inside.
“We dropped everything and started walking,” said David.
Seionna said she first saw the fire in her living room, ran upstairs screaming and grabbed her little sister.
“We started running down the stairs and that’s when we saw Nick and we couldn’t find Kaylani,” Seionna said, fighting back tears.
Bostic helped them out the door before frantically searching the smoky house for Kaylani, who the family affectionately calls “Baby K.”
“I took a deep breath and ran [downstairs] and I grabbed Kaylani. I used my ears to find her,” Bostic said.
Because of the thick smoke, he said his only option was to go through a second-story window. Bostic knocked out the glass and jumped to safety with the 6-year-old girl in his arms. He sustained multiple injuries, but the girl suffered only a minor laceration on her foot.
Body cam video captured the aftermath of the jump as Bostic turned Kaylani over to police and collapsed on the sidewalk. While being treated, the video shows Bostic asking, “Is the baby okay? Please tell me the baby is fine,” before someone off-camera reassures him that the child is fine.
“I remember driving to the house and running and all Seionna could say was, ‘I can’t find Kaylani,'” said David Barrett. “Then the officers said, ‘She’s in the ambulance,’ and then they told me about Nick and what he had done. I started crying even more. One of the scariest feelings is that I wasn’t there.” Kaylani said, ‘Daddy, I was looking for you.'”
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated. The family lost almost everything.
“On our wall, in our living room, it was completely burned down. The only thing that was left was [a sign that read] ‘Love,’ and that’s all I feel from everyone,” David said.
But the family said they had welcomed a new family member.
“God uses the most unlikely characters. He sent an angel,” said David.
Bostic, who suffered smoke inhalation in addition to his arm injury and other wounds, was flown to an Indianapolis hospital and discharged two days later.
He said he was no hero and just did what he would have wanted someone to do for him and his family when their house was on fire.
“It was all worth it. I kept reminding myself what a small sacrifice. This temporary pain… it’s so worth it,” he told WLFI-TV.
A GoFundMe was set up by Bostic’s family to help with his medical bills.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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