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Local heroes honored at Barnstormer's game

Updated: Saturday, September 7 2013, 10:10 PM CDT
LANCASTER -- Saturday was a night to honor heroes at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers. And a special seat that has been saved all year was finally filled.

All season, seat 10 row F section 6 Was saved and reserved for Lancaster City Fire Lt. Andre Kelley. Lt. Kelley was severely burned back in February when he rushed into a burning building on East Madison Street to rescue people trapped inside. But he became trapped after an explosion, two people died in the fire, including a six year-old-girl.

Kelley spent months in the hospital with severe burns to over 40% of his body. Now recovering, Lt. Kelley is slowly getting back to enjoying fun things like a baseball game. Kelley enjoyed his first homegame at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Also honored were teenage boys Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia. The teens who rescued a missing Lancaster girl when they spotted what looked like the vehicle used in her abduction back in July. The boys chased down the vehicle on their bikes until the 5-year-old girl was released. They then carried the young girl back to an area where police had been searching for her.

As Boggs and Garcia were throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, a surprise visitor joined them on the mound. That same 5-year-old girl walked out to reunite with her rescuers for the first time since the teens saved her from abduction.

It was an emotional night. It was a night for baseball. It was a night to honor three individuals who selflessly put the needs and safety of other's, above their own. It was a night to remember heroes.Local heroes honored at Barnstormer's game


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