A group heroic Samaritans believed it was fate that brought them all together to rescue a woman from her burning house. The rescue was carried out by Jay Pichardo, Tom Kehoe, and an elderly woman in New Hampshire.
“I saw the whole kitchen on fire and as we went out the door, the windows exploded,” Kehoe’s wife told Inside Edition. They live across the street.
Pichardo, who was passing by, had no choice but to enter the building.
“I grabbed my iPhone, I turned the flashlight on, and I just started crawling on the ground and just started calling for anybody that might have been there. She said, ‘I’m here, I’m here,’ so I just dragged the chair,” Pichardo said.
Pichardo and Kehoe carried the woman in a chair to safety. The soot around the 97-year-old homeowner’s nose showed just how close she came to perishing in the fire.
But the drama wasn’t over yet.
As soon as the men put the chair down, Kehoe, 67, felt something wasn’t right.
“I said, ‘I need a minute, give me a minute, folks.’ And that’s it,”Kehoe stated. Kehoe collapsed to the floor and suffered a massive coronary attack.
Lariana Garvis, who was driving back and had been recording everything, suddenly got up and took action.
“The next thing I know, [Tom] is down on the ground,”Garvis said.
Garvis, who has a medical background, started CPR while waiting for help. Kehoe was taken to the hospital for emergency triple bypass surgery.
All three of them believe fate brought them together in the right place and time.