Daundre Ashworth was only four-years-old when he was rescued from a blazing inferno by a firefighter who refused to give up on him. On a clear, quiet night on August 9th, 1990 a suspicious fire started in the young boys duplex apartment. Captain Don Kosen of the St. Paul fire department was returning with his crew from fighting another blaze when they spotted an “unusual amount of smoke” from the dwelling on the way back to the station.
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As the firefighters approached the house, a woman outside was yelling about a child still inside, and Kosen leapt into action. Kosen climbed a ladder to the second floor. Though he could not see anything through the smoke, he heard faint cries coming from the corner of the room. Those cries belonged to young Daundre.
According to Kosen, Daundre “probably had 15 to 20 seconds of life left in him” and nearly perished due to smoke inhalation.
Daundre has always wanted to meet his rescuer face to face and thank him for saving his life, and 25 years later, he had the chance to do it. Kosen met Daundre, who has special needs, at his group home in St. Paul. With Daundre family and friends watching on, the most beautiful reunion came together.
Share this powerful reunion in honor of Captain Kosen’s heroic selflessness.
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