Rochester City Council honors young heroes

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The two counsins rescued family of five from fire

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two local heroes were honored at Tuesday night’s Rochester City Council meeting.

Darius Dillard and Nate Williams kicked in the door of a burning home on Emerson Street last week and were able to save the family of five inside.

Cousins Dillard and Williams say they weren’t thinking. Only reacting to rescuing the strangers in danger.

“As soon as I saw the fire I was like ‘oh yeah, we got to get this family out of there now’ because I don’t want nothing to happen to them,” says Williams.

August 14 will now be known as “Darius Dillard and Nate Williams Day.” Mayor Lovely Warren says it will be a time to honor the service of the two who saved that family of five in the fire. The young men promised to keep that spirit of service alive.

“I’ll continue to live up to what they’re noticing me for and I’m not going to let the city down,” says Dillard.

“And I’m just going to keep living up to it, and keep moving forward and I hope that family can get back into their house,” says Williams.

With the invitation from the Fire Chief for the Dillard and Williams to pursue a path in firefighting, Williams’ proud father says the two now have a critical career opportunity. 

“That’s what most kids don’t have. And that incident helped them to have opportunities. So now, I can be a bit at ease knowing the door is open for them,” says Nathaniel Williams, Sr.

The two cousins insist they are nothing special; the city certainly disagrees with that. Going forward, they say they only want to improve the community. 

“We’re just regular kids growing up. We’re trying to make Rochester a better place to live,” adds Williams.

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