Quick-Thinking Girl Saves Dad's Life, Thanks to a Facebook Post
byKaitlin StanfordJun 20, 2014
The video is heartbreaking to watch, but what it helped do is simply amazing.
When a fast-moving storm swept through Logan County, West Va., last week, 10-year-old Brianna Vance watched helplessly as a large tree fell in her yard, crashing down on her dad, Gregory, and his two friends. The three men had been sitting on the front porch when they suddenly became trapped beneath the trunk of the tree.
Brianna, her sibling and her dad's girlfriend were all sheltered safely inside their home, but the storm had knocked out cell phone service and the family doesn't have a landline. Frantically searching her mind for ways to get help, it suddenly hit Brianna — she could still get online using the family's Wi-Fi. The 10-year-old immediately whipped out her cell phone, recorded a tearful video asking anyone out there for help and posted it to Facebook.
"The lightning crashed and hit a tree by our porch, and my dad's almost dead," Brianna can be heard saying in the video, struggling to speak through tears. "He needs an ambulance please. Please call one for us if you have signal. We live in a yellow house."
And just like that, someone did. According to WOWKTV, the Facebook friend saw her post and called 911. Before long, firefighters and emergency workers had arrived to free the trapped men.
"I was scared. I needed help. My dad needed help," Brianna told a reporter. "So I had to post that."
And thank goodness she did. Her father and his two friends were whisked away to Logan Regional Hospital, where his friends were released quickly, but Vance stayed back to be treated for a broken collar bone and five broken ribs. Luckily, though, he was able to return home just in time for Father's Day.