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10-Year-Old Saves Father’s Life With Facebook Post

If you can't call 911, social media isn't the worst idea

A 10-year-old girl in West Virginia may have saved her dad’s life with a Facebook post after a tree fell on him during a storm last Tuesday.

Brianna Vance’s father, Gregory, was sitting on the porch in front of their house with two friends when a large tree uprooted by a storm fell down on top of them, ABC News reports. The storm took down mobile phone signals and the house doesn’t have a landline, but the younger Vance was still able to get online and record a Facebook message calling for help.

“The lightning crashed and hit a tree by our porch and my dad’s almost dead,” she said in a tearful video upload. “He needs an ambulance please. Please call one for us if you have a signal. We live in a yellow house.”

After someone saw her plea and called 911, a rescue crew showed up to free the men, who were sent to a hospital after an hour-long rescue. Once there, they were treated and eventually released.

“This is the real hero, that little girl,” said Lt. Tim Granger of the Henlawson Fire Department. “I hope she gets recognized for her heroism.”

[ABC News]

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