A West Virginia girl is being hailed as a hero for saving her father’s life after she turned to Facebook to request help when a tree fell on him during a storm.
ABC News reports that 10-year-old Brianna Vance’s father, Gregory Vance, and his two friends were sitting on the family’s front porch last Tuesday when severe weather tore through the Henlawson neighborhood.
"I had barely enough time to turn around, and I heard something go kabam," Brenda Tomblin, Vance's girlfriend, told WOWK-TV.
A large tree came tumbling down on top of the three men, trapping them underneath it. Brianna was inside the home, but the storm took down the mobile phone signals and the house does not have a landline.
The young girl was able to get online and she posted a desperate plea for help on Facebook.
“The lightning crashed and hit a tree by our porch and my dad’s almost dead,” she said in a tearful post on her Facebook page. “He needs an ambulance please. Please call one for us if you have a signal. We live in a yellow house.”
Someone saw Brianna’s plea and dialed 911; a rescue crew arrived to rush the men to the hospital.
Logan County Fire Department Lt. Tim Granger told ABC News that Brianna’s quick thinking saved Brianna’s dad and his friends.
“This is the real hero, that little girl, and I hope she gets recognized for her heroism,” Granger said.
Altough Vance suffered some broken bones, Brianna is grateful that her father has been released from the hospital, the New York Daily News reports.
In a Father’s Day message posted on Sunday, the 10-year-old girl told her dad, "I hope you get well soon because you are the best dad I could ever ask for."