Husband-Wife Heroes Have 'Chaotic' Christmas Eve
2 separate rescues: Crystal Travis helped family escape fire, Roger Travis aided non-breathing baby
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2017 7:41 AM CST
A house fire in this 2017 file photo.   (Leyland Spencer/The Review Times via AP)

(Newser) – They were driving to meet up with each other on Christmas Eve, but first, a husband and wife made two separate pit stops to help save a few lives. In a Good Samaritan play in two acts, KFOR reports that Crystal Travis kicked things off Sunday in Cleveland County, NC, when she saw flames coming out of a home. Travis, who was on her way home after visiting a relative with her 14-year-old daughter, says they pulled over and helped a family with a baby escape, as well as drag Christmas gifts away from the burning residence, CNN reports. "It was just all really fast, really chaotic," she tells WSOC, noting there was "smoke everywhere" and that a propane tank on the porch exploded at one point.

After first responders arrived, Travis' daughter called husband and dad Roger Travis, and they decided to meet at a nearby restaurant. Then Roger Travis found himself in the same role as his wife and daughter: that of serendipitous stranger. He says he was driving past a local mall when he saw a car on the median, and when he pulled over, he saw a baby on the ground who wasn't breathing, per CNN. Roger Travis, an ex-volunteer firefighter and first responder, says he and a firefighter on the scene administered CPR until the baby started making noises and once more drawing breaths. The Travises are calling their joint rescues a "Christmas miracle," per WSOC. "What are the odds? This is the craziest day ever," Crystal Travis says. Her husband adds, "God put us at the right moment, at the right time, for the people that needed us the most." (A man saved a dog, then his wife had to save them both.)

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