This week, WOWT 6 News is recognizing The Hero Next Door. It’s leading up to the Red Cross celebration next week of which we're a proud sponsor.
This is the story of the life-saving efforts of one mother, early on a Sunday morning.
Manek Campbell woke up to the smell of smoke. Her two teenage daughters were in a panic. “She said, ‘Oh my God. We're gonna die. We can’t get out.’”
Manek and her daughters crawled down the stairs and out the front door to safety.
She said, "I open the front door, got down on the ground and I could see a space where they could get out."
But not everyone was out of the building. Manek heard a neighbor girl crying for help.
"’Help my mom. Someone help my mom,’” Campbell recalls hearing. “Instincts were, I'm about to go get her mother out of there and so I ran in there, picked her up and carried her out of the building."
All of this happened while Manek was seven months pregnant.
“I just didn't think about it,” she said. “It was, I'm about to help the little girl. I couldn't imagine her growing up without a mommy. It took me maybe a couple of days to realize what actually happened because I was still in shock behind it all because everything happened so fast."
Two months later, Manek welcomed King Cardel to the world - the little one who went along for the ride that Sunday morning when his mother saved a few lives and still managed to keep him safe.
WOWT NBC Omaha is proud to sponsor the Heroes in the Heartland lunch next week. Manek Campbell is among those being honored.
If you would like to attend, click here for more information.