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Amazon driver hailed as hero for saving family from fire

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Amazon driver hailed as hero for saving family from fire


An Amazon driver saved a Long Island family from a house fire after he saw they were in danger while delivering packages.

Kevin Rivera, 22, was finishing his Saturday afternoon route on Bluebird Drive in Syosset when he saw a fire raging in one of the houses. 

“I just rushed in, because I didn’t want nobody to die in that house,” Rivera told CBS2.

Rivera saw several family members through the front door who were apparently unaware of the flames, he told the Daily Mail, One man did come outside and see the fire, but was so shocked he just stood there.

Despite a language barrier, Rivera was able to evacuate the entire family, including a mother, her infant, three other children, and a grandmother.

Rivera was proud to share his story with CBS News.
Rivera was proud to share his story with CBS News.
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When the family saw the flames, he said, “They just started crying. They just got emotional.”

Rivera also grabbed the family’s two dogs, a golden retriever and a smaller breed.

Rivera’s selfless actions were caught on video by neighbor Amanda Johnson, whose husband is a firefighter with the Syosset Fire Department. She shared the footage on Facebook, where she praised the driver’s intuition.

The house was severely burned.
The house was severely burned.
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“A lot of people are stepping away from doing things today, and he stepped toward this,” she told the Daily Mail.

“It’s pretty amazing that Kevin did this.”

Experts agree that the aftermath could have been much worse. A release from the local police department confirmed that $1.5 million residence, which was last sold in 2021, was severely damaged and the family has been displaced.

Neighbor Amanda Johnson captured the rescue on video.
Neighbor Amanda Johnson captured the rescue on video.
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The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Despite the praise coming his way– including promises from his Amazon boss that the company will do “something big” to celebrate the rescue– Rivera’s top concern is for the family.

“I wanted to see if they were okay, and tell them I was always going to be there for them,” he said.

Rivera told reporters that his main concern was for the family.
Rivera told reporters that his main concern was for the family.
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“To be honest, I just feel great that I did something,” Rivera added.