A 9-year-old St. Paul girl had the chance to say "thank you" Monday to the rescuers who saved her from her burning home two months ago.
Nevaeh Sellers shook hands with firefighters from St. Paul Station No. 7 and the paramedics from Medic 22 at an awards ceremony Monday afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The emergency personnel were recognized by St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler for their work to rescue the girl.
Sellers brought balloons and carried a sign that said, "Thank you firefighters" on one side, and "My Hero!" on the other.
Sellers and her family were at their home in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood on Feb. 17 when smoke starting coming out of the basement. All the family members went outside, and then discovered that Nevaeh wasn't with them. They tried to find her in the thick smoke but could not.
Firefighters John Wolfsberger and Joel Davies entered the burning building and found her in the basement, unconscious under some debris. She was hospitalized for nine days and was treated for smoke inhalation and burns.
“I’m very thankful. She is my only baby,” said Trinity Sellers, the girl’s mother, according to WCCO. “I’m very blessed that she is here today, and I’m very thankful for the people who saved her.”
The St. Paul fire marshal said the basement windows were not big enough to use as a means of escape, so it wasn't considered a legal sleeping area.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.