An off-duty firefighter is being called a hero after saving a girl who fell out of the back of a bus.
Ryan Ciampoli, a licensed EMT and volunteer firefighter, was driving down an Arkansas highway when he saw the back door of a bus in front of him fly open. Clinging to the door was a 4-year-old.
The girl lost her grip and fell to the pavement as the bus kept going. “I saw it happening, and it blew my mind. It was like I wasn’t even seeing what I was seeing,” Ciampoli told WBRC news.
Ciampoli jumped into action. He stopped his car, got out and carried the girl from the road. She was unconscious at first but began to come around as Ciampoli approached. He moved her to a nearby parking lot.
“Then the shock kicked in in her little body, and she started kicking and screaming and ‘Where’s my mommy?’ and things like that. Stuff like that is really heartbreaking,” Ciampoli said.
Ciampoli checked her vital signs and kept her conscious as they waited for an ambulance. Within five minutes one arrived and rushed the girl to a local hospital. The girl’s mother told reporters she has a broken jaw and will require surgery but is expected to recover.
“It can happen anywhere, anytime. Never would you think driving down the road that something like that would happen,” Ciampoli said.
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