On June 10, as a severe storm tore through the area, lightning struck a tree in Henlawson that crashed down on a porch and trapped three men.
Without cell service, 10-year-old Brianna Vance quickly thought to seek help online and posted a Facebook video pleading to send an ambulance to her yellow house.
Someone saw her post and called 911.
Before long, rescue crews arrived.
On Wed., June 18, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin delivered remarks on the Senate floor to recognize Brianna for helping to save her father’s life by posting the video on Facebook:
“On June 10th, as a severe storm tore through her neighborhood in Henlawson, West Virginia, Brianna’s father, Gregory, and two friends were sitting on the porch when lightning struck a nearby tree that crashed down on top of them. Brianna tried to use her phone to call for help, but the storm had knocked out cell service. Remarkably, she was still able to access the Internet and quickly logged onto Facebook. In an extraordinary demonstration of courage and resourcefulness, Brianna posted a video on Facebook asking anyone who had cell phone service or access to a phone to call 911 and send an ambulance to her yellow house to save her Dad. Thankfully, someone saw her post and a rescue team was able to save the three victims, including her father. When all other options failed, Brianna did not give up. Because of her sharp wit and resourcefulness, her father is alive and recovering today – just in time to celebrate Father’s Day together this past weekend. M. President, I am so proud of Brianna and I know her family and community are, as well. Her heroism helped save lives, and she should be recognized for her bravery.”
All three victims are expected to recover from the accident.