In August 1959, a massive house fire broke out in Hyattsville, Maryland. At the time, siblings Michael, 3, and Linda, 2, were taking a nap upstairs while their mother did laundry downstairs.
The mom realized the fire was so severe that she wouldn’t be able to make it to her kids in time. So, she ran from the house and into the street, calling for help.
Two firefighters arrived at the scene, Carl Hartman and Stu Newman.
Stu, who was new to the department, climbed a ladder and pulled Linda from the flames. He then located Michael, who wasn’t breathing, and placed his own mask over the toddler’s mouth.
The toddlers were rushed to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Incredibly, they survived — but they never learned the names of the firemen who saved them.
As the years passed by, the story of the fire became more like folklore amongst the sibling’s family. Details became blurry.
But in 2016, nearly 60 years after the house fire, Michael was looking through a box of old family belongings when he stumbled upon a newspaper clipping from 1959. It was an article about the fire that he and his sister had never seen before.
Michael read the clipping and spotted the names of the two firefighters. He was absolutely stunned, and immediately signed onto Facebook to see if he could track them down.
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