Alex Swigart, Occupation: Man; 12-Year-Old Autistic Boy Dies Rescuing Dad From Fire
|Alex's dad kept trying to get back into the house, but the flames were too thick|
"By the time I got back up on the porch, fire engulfed the living room," Joseph told KGUN-TV. "I ran around side of the house."
|Alex died saving his dad Joseph Swigart's life|
"I yelled inside the window and I heard him say, 'Daddy I can't breathe!'"
Firefighters also heard the screaming, but there was nothing they could do. When the blaze was finally extinguished, Alex's body was found huddled near his dad's bed.
But while the boy may have died, it wasn't in vain. He likely saved the lives of his dad and girlfriend by alerting them.
As it is said, so it must be written. Alex Swigart surely would have grown to become Occupation: Man. (Special thanks to readers Captain America and Palabradot for the tips.)
See our last installment from the Occupation: Man file: Nick McGrath, Off-Duty Fireman, Rescues Family from Burning House.