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Firefighter Meets the Son of a Man He Rescued From a Fire 23 Years Ago in an Emotional Reunion
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Firefighter Meets the Son of a Man He Rescued From a Fire 23 Years Ago in an Emotional Reunion

The impact we have on someone can burn for generations...

Twenty-three years ago, California firefighter Jeff Ohs rescued a then-two-year-old Xavier Huber from a blazing housefire and literally brought him back to life.

Today, in an amazing full-circle moment, he got the chance to meet the SON of the man he saved over two decades ago.

As if that wasn't special enough, what makes this even more incredibly poignant is that Xavier's son is the same age he was when he was rescued.

Full-Circle: Firefighter Meets Son of Boy He Rescued From House Fire

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Xavier Huber who goes by the handle @XavierDimples set the internet ablaze when he shared his story on Twitter.

Posting side-by-side photos of him as a lifeless toddler in Ohs' arms alongside a present-day image, Xavier wrote: “I ended up dying that day & this firefighter, Jeff Ohs, saved me from that building & brought my back to life. Now 23 years later he is holding my 2 year old son. I literally wouldn’t be here without him."

Neither would his son. *Chills*

Jeff discovered Xavier on a bedroom floor during a search and rescue sweep of the smoke and flame-filled house. After rushing him to safety, the firefighter performed life-saving CPR, resuscitating the toddler and giving him a second chance at life.

Xavier would go on to spend a month in a coma before making a full recovery.

Over the years he has never forgotten what the firefighter did for him. And while he can't repay Jeff for saving his life, he did vow to make the most of the life he gave him.

And he seems to be living up to his promise. Now, 23 years later, the little boy is a grown man who is thriving and has a family of his own.

In a follow-up tweet, Xavier wrote:

"After I was resuscitated I was in a coma for a month after that. I could never repay him for giving me a chance at life, I can only live a great life for him & my son. I owe him my life."

What Started Out as a Near-Tragedy Turned Into a Connection Spanning Generations

As for Jeff, it's a day forever burned into his memory too.

He replied to Xavier's tweet, writing: "Dude!!!! You are a fighter through and through. And honestly, you scared the shit out of me that day. So so blessed for the outcome. Love you guys."

As it turns out, Xavier wasn't the only thing to come out of that fire. Apparently, a lifetime friendship was forged out of the ashes.

When asked if Jeff has been in his life since, Xavier responded, "That’s my day 1 fr! I can pull up to his house rn if I wanted."

And he's obviously a friend of influence. Because in yet another crazy emotional twist of fate, Xavier himself is going to be a firefighter.

One Moment Can Affect Lifetimes

Every day firefighters put their lives on the line to save others. But it's not just those people they're saving. Those rescues have ripple effects that profoundly shape the futures of individuals, families, and entire communities.

And while most firefighters probably don't get to witness the long-reaching repercussions of their heroic actions, it doesn't change the fact that one moment in their lives has the power to completely change all future moments for someone else.

We have that power too.

For Jeff and Xavier, their lives will always be interwoven, meshed together with a life-changing connection that cannot be severed.

One born out of the literal fire.


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