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Firefighter attends graduation of girl he rescued 17 years ago

A firefighter was the guest of honour at the graduation ceremony of a teenager he rescued from a blaze 17 years ago.

Retired Mike Hughes, 61, ran into a burning building to save a nine-month-old Dawnielle Davison from her crib in 1998.

“I went straight to the place in the house that I thought I’d find somebody,” Mr Hughes told ABC News.

“She was in her crib just squirming, so I snatched her up and got her to the front door and handed her off to the first firefighter who was there.”

The incredible rescue reported on the front page of a local newspaper in Wenatchee, Washington, along with a photo of him clutching the baby in his arms.

Mr Hughes said it was the third time he had pulled someone from a burning building and years later he decided to track her down on Facebook.

The former captain described the rescue as “pretty perfect” and this month he received an invite to the teenager’s high school graduation.

Ms Davison told the media she cried “happy tears” at her graduation, next to the man who had saved her life.

“Another 20 seconds and it would have been a different outcome,” Hughes added.

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