Firefighters who rescued teen attend her graduation 10 years later

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CHICAGO -- It was graduation day for students at Northwestern College and the ceremony became the scene of an incredible reunion between one graduate and two firefighters who made sure she was alive to cross the stage.

Ten years ago, almost exactly, an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side was set ablaze and 13-year-old Jasmine Doss was trapped inside.

Firefights John Patton was among the rescue crews on the scene and went in the home to rescue Jasmine.

He was able to locate her then handed her to his partner. Patton had to jump from a window to save his own life.

Jasmine is now 23-year-old and graduated with a diploma in criminal justice.

Her heroes were sitting in the crowd at the ceremony and we asked to stand to be acknowledged.

Jasmine was in a coma for two weeks and in and out of hospitals for a year. She doesn’t remember anything from the night of the fire, but she’ll never forget the men who saved her.

“I’m so grateful,” she said. “If it wasn’t for them, I would not be here today.”

Jasmine said she thought about becoming a firefighter, but has decided she’s going to be a police officer.


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