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Firefighter delays own wedding to save little girl badly injured in auto accident


A beautiful little girl is alive, and her family can’t show enough gratitude, for an Oklahoma firefighter who — like an angel — showed up in the right place at the right time.

Spencer, Okla., firefighter Jacob Graves saved Barry Sinclair’s little girl’s life — on Graves’ wedding day.

“He didn’t have to stop and he did,” Sinclair said about the crash June 3, 2016.

KOCO News reports Sinclair and his family was traveling from Austin to Oklahoma City on I-35 when a car crossed the median and hit their vehicle head on.

“Myself and my three children, we were all injured. Charley was hurt the worst,” Sinclair tells KOCO.

Graves and his fiancée were headed to Sulphur to get married. They delayed their wedding events to stop and help, according to KOCO.

“He quickly figured out Charley needed the most help,” Sinclair said.

Graves tells KOCO when he approached the accident scene; he sensed the family was in bad shape.

“When I initially saw her in the vehicle. I assumed she was dead,” Graves said.

Due to his attitude of service before self, Charley, now six years old, survived and is learning to walk and talk again after suffering a brain injury. Her father tells KOCO she’s making progress.

For his dedication to duty, Graves will be honored with the “Firefighter of the Year” award — and the family tells KOCO they’re thankful for his heroism.

“We can’t say enough nice things about him, and what he’s done for our family,” Sinclair said.


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