SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Shawn Schaefer was delivering packages for Amazon on Wednesday when he noticed smoke coming from a nearby house in southwest Springfield.
It was the start of what Schaefer calls being in the right place at the right time.
Schaefer said he immediately went to see what was going on.
He said a man ran up to him in the yard and asked if he could help his wife, who was still trapped inside, out of the house.
After calling for help, Schaefer said he started to think about how to help.
He said it was difficult to see inside the house with all the smoke, but he shouted inside to direct the woman to a window.
From there, Schaefer said he snapped the window tabs and helped the woman out safely.
“A lot of waves of emotions hit me,” Schaefer said. “I could only imagine being trapped in the house, what she was feeling, what she was going through. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe, so being trapped inside the house, I couldn’t imagine.
He said he wanted to do what all the right people should be doing and help others. noted.
On Wednesday afternoon, Schaefer and his family, members of the Battlefield Fire Protection District and the husband involved in the blaze, reconnected.
Battlefield Fire District Chief Scott Moore said he had something to say to Schaefer. “I’m hiring,” Moore said.
Moore said it was an opportunity for the firefighters to express their gratitude for what Schaefer has done. “This choice is probably what makes a difference in someone’s life.”
Moore said the family involved in the fire are safe and very grateful that a Good Samaritan is there to help.