“We couldn’t be more proud of Eli,” Davidson said. “He did something a grown man wouldn’t do.”
And he did it just in time.
By the time 20 firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was already engulfed in flames. By the next day, “nothing was left,” New Tazewell Fire Chief Josh Miracle told CNN.
“I thought I couldn’t do it, but then I said, ‘I got her, dad,'” Eli told CNN. “I was scared, but I didn’t want my sister to die.”
The Davidsons have fostered 34 children, including Eli, and adopted two others — Erin and Elijah. Both Nicole and Chris Davidson are also former firefighters.
Now that the family is starting over “from scratch” — impacted by job loss due to the pandemic, the loss of Nicole’s grandfather and the fire — a GoFundMe
was launched recently to help support them.
“We lost everything that we have ever had,” Chris Davidson said. “Our entire lives were in that home. Our three cars were also damaged in the fire.”
“It’s devastating. We have nothing,” he said. “You have never been as humble as you are when you don’t even have your own underwear to wear.”