A woman wants to thank the man who she says saved her and her daughter’s life Monday morning by alerting them of a fire that was spreading through her home.
Sherry Schumacher of Tabernacle, New Jersey told NBC10 she was sleeping in her home on New Road around 6 a.m. when she heard a banging at her door. Schumacher says a complete stranger was outside her front door and yelling that her house was on fire.
Schumacher says she then noticed the flames spreading from her chimney through the walls of her home towards her 15-year-old daughter’s room.
“The fire was in the wall that my daughter’s headboard was on,” she said.
Schumacher, her daughter and her pets got out of the home in time. The Good Samaritan stayed with Schumacher’s daughter as she called 911. Responding firefighters were able to bring the flames under control.
While the fire caused damage to her home, Schumacher says the situation would have been much worse if the man had never pulled into their driveway, knocked on their door and woken them up.
“Firefighters said if it was 15 minutes later the entire house would have been lost and it would have quickly started and spread to my sleeping daughter’s room,” she said.
Schumacher says the Good Samaritan left before she got the chance to thank him. She reached out to NBC10 for help in tracking him down.
“I want him to know how very thankful we are for his stopping and waking us,” she said.
After we posted the initial story, the wife of the Good Samaritan, who wants to remain anonymous, reached out to us. The man plans to meet with Schumacher so that she can finally thank him in person.