THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO LILY STEVENS…AND THAT’S WHY SHE IS ANOTHER ONE OF THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN RED CROSS HEROES.
BACK IN JUNE, THE LEE RESIDENT WAS HELPING HER FATHER AT HIS AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR GARAGE. TURNS OUT, SHE WOULD ALSO END UP SAVING HIS LIFE.
THIS IS ALL THAT REMAINS OF MARK STEVENS AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR GARAGE. A FIRE BACK IN JUNE DESTROYED THE BUSINESS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES…BUT FOR LILY STEVENS, THIS SCENE IS A VIVID REMINDER OF THE DAY SHE ALMOST LOST HER DAD.
":I had just put my little one to bed in the back bedroom and I went down to the garage to see my dad.":
MARK STEVENS WAS WORKING ON A CAR, AND NEEDED HIS DAUGHTER’S HELP JACKING UP THE FRONT.
":the gas tank that he was trying to take off, had a leak in it. And the gas came out all over him and it was all over the floor, and underneath our feet. And the next thing we knew, there was just like a poof.":
ALL OF THAT SPILLED GAS HAD IGNITED INTO FLAMES.
":there was fire underneath my feet, my shoes were melting.":
LILY’S DAD WAS UNDERNEATH THE CAR AT THE TIME…
":he rolled out…and he was absolutely on fire, his hair, and his clothes and everything. He was burning, he was screaming, help me.":
LILY KNEW THERE WAS NO TIME TO PANIC…
":I was thinking that, we’ve got to get out of here and I have to help him because he was in pain and yelling my name.":
LILY TOLD HER DAD TO GO OUTSIDE AND ROLL ON THE GROUND. SHE GRABBED A WATER HOSE, AND BEGAN SPRAYING HIM.
":things were just exploding all around just, we were ducking and running for cover.":
EVENTUALLY, HELP ARRIVED AND MARK STEVENS WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. HE SUFFERED BURNS TO HIS ARMS, CHEST, STOMACH, RIGHT EAR AND LEGS…BUT WAS BACK HOME RECOVERING WITHIN DAYS OF THE FIRE.
TODAY, MARK IS BACK TO REPAIRING CARS…AND TRYING TO REBUILD HIS BUSINESS.
LILY AND HER FATHER BELIEVE A SPARK FROM THE JACK HITTING THE METAL GAS TANK MIGHT HAVE IGNITED THE GARAGE.
ALL LILY KNOWS FOR SURE…IS THAT SHE LOOKS AT LIFE A WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT THESE DAYS.
":you take for granted the small things in life, the little moments that you have with the people you love. And it just makes you realize to cherish, those, you need to hold onto everything that’s dear to you.":