In a world where heroes often go unnoticed, 25-year-old pizza delivery man Nicholas Bostic has captured the hearts and admiration of many with his selfless actions. This ordinary young man performed an extraordinary act of bravery, running into a burning home to save the lives of four children. For his heroic deed, Bostic was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal, the highest civilian honor for individuals who risk their lives to save others.

The Night of the Incident

The incident occurred on a summer night in Lafayette, Indiana. Nicholas Bostic was driving past a home when he noticed it was engulfed in flames. Without hesitation, and despite not having his cell phone to call 911, Bostic sprang into action. He didn’t think twice about his own safety as he charged into the burning building.

Inside the inferno were four siblings aged 1, 6, 13, and 18, as well as another 13-year-old who was spending the night. Bostic managed to retrieve the 18-year-old and the other young children, leading them out to safety.

A True Act of Heroism

According to Lafayette Police Department Lt. Randy Sherer, “On July 11th, 2022, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the Lafayette Police Department and Lafayette Fire Department received reports of a house fire in the 2200 block of Union Street. When officers arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, and the intensity of the fire prevented emergency personnel from entering the residence.”

Bostic’s heroism didn’t stop there. After rescuing the first four individuals, he learned that a 6-year-old was still trapped inside. Undeterred by the unbearable heat and thick black smoke, Bostic reentered the blaze. In an incredible display of courage, he located the child, punched out a second-story window, and leaped to safety with the 6-year-old in his arms. The child was miraculously unscathed, but Bostic suffered severe smoke inhalation and a serious laceration to his arm.

Lt. Sherer continued, “At approximately 12:36 a.m., a male, who had entered the home prior to emergency personnel arriving, jumped through a window of the second-story house and landed on the ground with the 6-year-old child who had been trapped inside. The male, later identified as 25-year-old Nicholas Bostic of Lafayette, was seriously injured during the incident, suffering from severe smoke inhalation and gravely cutting his right arm. The 6-year-old child was miraculously mostly uninjured.”

Recognition and Praise

The City of Lafayette honored Bostic for his incredible bravery. A statement from the city read, “Nicholas Bostic’s heroic actions saved lives. His selflessness exhibited when he rushed into a burning Lafayette home to save children trapped inside is inspiring, and he has impressed many with his courage, tenacity, and steadfast calmness in the face of such perilous danger. The Lafayette Police Department, the Lafayette Fire Department, and the Honorable Mayor Tony Roswarski are eternally grateful for Nicholas’s intervention and would like to publicly recognize him for his actions.”

On August 2nd, during National Night Out at the Aviators game, Bostic will be honored for his bravery. The community is invited to join in recognizing this local hero.

Selflessness Captured on Camera

Police bodycam footage captured the dramatic moment when Bostic ran toward officers carrying the child he had just saved. Despite his injuries, Bostic’s primary concern was the well-being of the child. As he lay on the ground, having a tourniquet applied to his badly wounded arm, his only question was whether the child was okay.

Nicholas Bostic’s actions are a powerful reminder of the courage and selflessness that exist in our communities. His story is a testament to the impact one person can have when they act with bravery and compassion in the face of danger.