Firefighter reunites with girl he saved 17 years ago, watches her graduate high school

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WENATCHEE, Wash. — A firefighter in Washington state who saved a baby girl who almost died in a house fire had the special opportunity to watch that girl cross the stage at her high school graduation seventeen years after the rescue, according to KOMO.

Former firefighter Mike Hughes told KOMO the fire was out of control and firefighters had no idea that there was a baby trapped inside of her crib, but he got lucky and found the Dawnielle Davison in the first room that he checked.

Hughes told KOMO that when he found Davison, she was overwhelmed by smoke inhalation.

“Another 20 seconds and it would have been a different outcome,” Hughes told KOMO.

Hughes told KOMO the rescue impacted him so much that it pushed him to reach out to  Davison on Facebook 7 years ago, and the two have stayed in touch ever since.

“This was a special, special deal this is a rare occurrence the way this situation worked out,” Hughes told KOMO of the way he found Davison in the midst of the flames.

So when it came time for Davison to approach one of the biggest milestones in her life she told KOMO she wanted the man who helped make it possible to celebrate with her.

“Really emotional I don’t know really how to describe it, they’re happy tears to realize some things could have gone wrong,” Davison told KOMO.

Davison told KOMO she had only heard bits and pieces about the fire and had no idea that most people don’t survive them. She added that getting through the fire makes her feel like she can cope with what life has in store for her.

“It started out a little bit rough but she’s made it all the way thru high school now so she’s successful and happy so I think that’s perfect,” Hughes told KOMO.