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Firefighter Embraces Son After Being Called To Extinguish His Own House Fire

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Tabernacle, New Jersey, volunteer firefighter Jason Penwell jumped into his fire truck with his fellow firefighters and rushed to a house that was up in flames.

While the firefighters were on their way over, the address came in and Jason’s heart immediately sunk. “As soon as he started describing it — it was like, OK, this is my house. Then, he gave the house number,” Jason recalled.

Sure enough, it was Jason’s house that was burning. The first thing he did was rush inside because it was around the time his children typically came home from school. Thankfully, they were already out of the house, and he learned about the heroism of his son, Trevor.

Trevor ran back inside and rounded up the family’s four dogs and brought them to safety. “When he told me what he did, I gave him a huge hug — so proud of him,” the firefighter said.

Jason is used to being the hero, but now, his community is helping his family get through this tough time. “The response from the community has just been overwhelming,” Jason said. “They’ve all pitched in to help a family that they’ve never met.”

People have been going to the firehouse to drop of money and supplies and donating to a GoFundMe page. So far, over $23,000 has been generated for the family in just three days.

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