A father died when he rushed into a burning house to save his 12-year-old son, a family in Georgia said.
Thomas Hawk, 39, broke into the house Bostwick to save his son Eric, the Hawk Amanda’s wife said on Facebook.
The fire happened on the evening of Friday, December 16, and the 12-year-old son of Yastrab died. stuck in my bedroom which had a window that was blocked by an air conditioner, according to the Morgan County Citizen.
Hoke pulled out the air conditioning unit and rescued his son, but he was engulfed in flames and smoke and was pronounced dead at the scene, Morgan County Fire said.
Eric was taken to a local hospital and placed in an induced coma while in intensive care, but has since been released and is on the road to recovery, Amanda said on Facebook.
“Thomas Hawke will forever be my best friend, but now I call him my hero because he tried to get to Eric,” Amanda Slaton Hawke wrote on Facebook. “I’m at a loss for words… I don’t even know where to start. I need to wake up from this horrible nightmare. My husband left this world a hero.”
Hawk was an archery coach for children in his community and always “lived another day in heaven,” his family and friends said on GoFundMe.
“Although Thomas was a ‘family man’, he was also everyone’s best friend. He always offered help to anyone and everyone. Thomas will be missed by all who knew him,” says the GoFundMe. They added that the family home was completely destroyed by fire.
Friends and community members, including the Hawk Archery Club, have paid tribute to him online.
Bostwick is about 60 miles east of Atlanta.