Falon O’Regan, 17, saved over a dozen apartment residents when a fire broke out at his complex in Bentleyville, Pa., on the 100 block of Church Street.
The 17-year-old noticed the flames shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday and immediately acted to assist those living in the two-story, four-unit building. O’Regan grabbed his birth certificate and phone before leaping out the window to assist his neighbors in fleeing by encouraging them to jump on a trampoline.
According to local reports, a quick-thinking Pennsylvania teen assisted in saving his neighbors from a raging apartment fire early Tuesday by moving a trampoline beneath the windows so they could jump to safety.
Bentleyville Fire-Rescue said the fire started just before 1 a.m. and trapped several people inside.
Falon O’Regan, 17, jumped out of a burning building window and looked for a way to help those still trapped inside, according to WPXI-TV.
“Me and Robert, my neighbor downstairs, had to move the trampoline from the side of the house to the three bedrooms on the last part of the house because they would’ve gotten hurt if we didn’t,” O’Regan told the station.
Those forced to jump out the windows were terrified, but they told the station that they had no choice.
According to the report, one person suffered a leg injury and three others were treated for smoke inhalation.
Becky Williams, O’Regan’s mother, described her son as a hero.
“I’m proud of him. We’re suffering losses because we think we lost our cats. But he saved a lot of people today,” Williams said.
According to fire officials, the blaze displaced 12 adults and six children, who are being assisted by the Red Cross.
The fire’s origin was still being investigated.
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