WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – What special qualities must a person have to save lives and put themselves at risk?
23-year-old Dalon Spaulding of Belchertown will tell us what motivated him to lifesaving action, when he discovered there was an elderly woman inside a burning house. The Western Massachusetts Red Cross will honor Dalon as a Hometown Hero.
Dalon told 22News, “My first instinct was just to get her out of the house. I just wanted to get in and get her out. Make sure there were no animals, anyone else in the house.”
Dalon never hesitated to go into the burning house, and lead the woman to where it was safe outside. But then, it wasn’t long before Dalon learned there was someone else in the house, a man on the second floor. “I had to run into the door and broke the window, just to get into the door, he was running down the stairs, he fell down the stairs, so I had to pick him up.”
Springfield social service agency worker Jack Cascio nominated Dalon as a Hometown Hero. They met by chance after Dalon had rescued the two occupants out of harm’s way. “After talking to Detective Scott Lawrence from the Ware Police Department who said to me at the fire on your porch, if there were more people like this young man, the world would be a much better place to live.”
Dalon said, “I wouldn’t say I’m a hero. I like to help people. I was there for a reason, God put me there for a reason.”
The Western Massachusetts Red Cross has learned over the years what motivates Hometown Heroes. Not merely the passion to do the right thing, but the gut feeling they just might be the only one willing to take that risk.
Dalon said, “I feel if I didn’t stand up and do something, nobody else would have and it would have been a totally different situation, a totally different story.”
Thursday morning at the Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield, the Western Massachusetts Red Cross will honor Dalon Spaulding, along with six other Hometown Heroes. It will be the 14th annual event saluting men and people who thought of others before thinking of themselves.
Other 2016 Hometown Heroes: