VIDEO: Ohio boy reunites with firefighter hero on his birthday

  • Source: WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
  • Published: 07/12/2019 12:00 AM

When little Jahid Mitchell walked into the Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center, he was wide-eyed and ready to explore. It was his 2nd birthday, and he was reuniting with the man who saved him from a burning home last fall. "It’s awesome," said Columbus Fire Investigator Mike DeFrancisco. "It’s a celebration of his life, and he’s still here to celebrate that." On Aug. 23, 2018, Aleasha Mitchell saw smoke filling her home and rushed upstairs to get her children. She, Jahid and her older daughter Zion got out by climbing through a second-story window onto an overhang. Zion jumped to safety on her own, hurting her back in the process. That morning, DeFrancisco just happened to be investigating an arson in the area. He saw smoke, went to investigate and, moments later, he was making a catch that would stay with him long after that day. Ther heroic act was even caught on video.


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