Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire, Days Later There’s A Knock.

Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire

Following their rescue from a catastrophic house fire, a mother and her four children travelled to their grandmother’s house to gather the fragments of their lives. Days following the fire, the family had an uninvited guest.

Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire, Days Later There’s A Knock.
Ryan Pasborg came across a house fire as he drove to work in the early morning hours. (Photo Credit: Sweetwater Sheriff’s Department)

Wyoming native Ryan Pasborg noted the air smelled like smoke on his way to work after sleeping until 3:50 a.m., instead of his usual 3:15 a.m. wake-up time. “Who the heck is burning their trash at 4:00 in the morning?” he first thought. He soon found, though, a raging house fire.

“The truck went from probably about 45 to 75,” Pasborg said, remembering racing into the driveway where a house was engulfed in flames and emergency responders were nowhere in sight.

Pasborg told the Gillette News-Record that as he hopped out of his truck, he saw three kids dash out of the garage door. They said their mother and 4-year-old brother were still trapped inside when he asked whether anyone else was inside.

“I didn’t even think twice,” Pasborg said. “As soon as they said that, ‘my mom’ and ‘my little brother,’ within five seconds I said, ‘You get behind that truck and you do not follow me,’ and I went through that damn door like the Kool-Aid man.”

Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire
Ryan Pasborg rushed into the house as soon as he heard that a woman and her 4-year-old son were still inside. (Photo Credit: Provided)

Pasborg dashed inside without thinking, peering through the heavy smoke in search of any life sign. Though Superior had volunteer firefighters, this was the first time he had entered a burning structure without safety gear. He dropped right away to his knees and started crawling under the smoke.

“The only thing that I knew is there was innocent people in that house burning,” Pasborg recalled.

Pasborg soon came upon the 4-year-old lad seated on his hands and knees in the kitchen. He grabbed the lad and rushed outside to find his siblings once more and load all four of the children into his truck to flee the frigid temperatures. Not sure whether he would make it out again, he then turned and hurried back into the house, resolved to try to free the mother still imprisoned inside.

Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire
Ryan Pasborg carried the boy out of the house before rushing back in for the mother. (house fire) (Photo Credit: Screenshot)

Eventually, Pasborg came upon the 34-year-old mother struggling to breathe. She gasped one last time and passed out as soon as he got to her. Then he hauled her from the house and started doing CPR. She started breathing once more, following several compressions. Then he piled the family into his truck and drove away from the fire before emergency responders showed up.

“A lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders at that time,” Pasborg said. “We still had a lot going on, but I was very thankful that she took that breath of air.”

Pasborg also received a call of gratitude from the children’s father, who had been out of town when the fire occurred. The man later invited Pasborg to spend the holidays with his family.

“I dug through my kids’ personal clothes and my clothes and my fiancé’s clothes,” Pasborg said.

Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire, Days Later There’s A Knock.
Ryan Pasborg dragged the unconscious mother outside and resuscitated her by performing CPR. (Photo Credit: Sweetwater Sheriff’s Department)

A few days following the fire, the mother and her kids got a visitor at their grandma’s house. Ryan Pasborg stood in front of Together several hundred dollars, he, his fiancé, and his sister had scrounged to take the family shopping for fresh clothes.

“When I walked in with all them clothes and I sat down on the couch across from them kids, and all three of them kids got off the couch and come and sat next to me and just held on to me —” Pasborg said, his voice breaking slightly as he recalled the moment. “It felt really good. That family will forever have a special place in my heart.”

The father of the children, who had been out of town during the fire, also called Pasborg, expressing thanks. Later on, the man asked Pasborg to spend the holidays with his family.

“If I were to leave this house tomorrow and come across the same thing, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Pasborg said. “And it’s not because of the recognition and stuff like that. It’s — we’re all human. And the world is a crazy enough place without people hating people. So if I can do my part to make this world just a little better, I’ll do it.”

Stranger Rescue Family From House Fire
Ryan Pasborg scrounged up some of his own family’s clothing and several hundred dollars to help the devastated family. (house fire) (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

Ryan Pasborg insists that it was just the right thing to do, even though he values the compliments he has gotten. He said he was quite sympathetic to people, which he credits with his upbringing.

Pasborg has been praised as a hero for not only saving the family’s life but also for surpassing expectations to support their rehabilitation. His actions during the aftermath and in front of approaching peril represent the penultimate illustration of a real good Samaritan.

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