Man injured while saving son from apartment fire talks about ordeal

Aaron Hood
Aaron Hood

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Moiliili man is being hailed as a hero for the way he saved his four-year-old son's life during a fire at their apartment building Wednesday.

Aaron Hood talked about the ordeal before going into his second surgery at the Queen's Medical Center which, he says, will connect the nerves and muscles in his right arm that were severed during the dramatic escape.

Neighbors described him as a wonderful father.

"It was like a bad dream, wasn't it?" Hood asked his son.

"Yeah," the little boy replied.

"Yeah, it was all so quick," the doting father said.

Four-year-old Spencer, a huge fan of Spiderman, now has a new superhero -- his daddy. Aaron Hood cradled his boy and jumped off a second-floor balcony, when fire broke out at their apartment building Wednesday.

"I didn't really think much," Hood said. "It was kind of automatic. This is my boy. This is my everything."

The 33-year-old single father was getting cereal for his son at about 9:20 AM, when he started smelling smoke.

"Just as fast as I got from the couch to the door, the smoke came in," he said. "I couldn't see anything."

His door had a child-proof lock on it. Rather than fumble around for the key, he held onto his son and crashed through the glass.

"I felt a flame just brush over my head and my hair," he said. "So I tucked him under and I just couldn't, there was no other options."

Spencer was not injured. But his father lost a lot of blood, when the glass slashed his arm.

Hood credits the emergency crews for saving his life.

"Everyone's just been great," he said while choking back tears. "I just remember, I just got a flash of 'Stay with us.'"

He says the flames consumed what little he had, including the Christmas gifts his neighbors had bought for his little boy.

"Absolutely everything is gone," he said through tears. "I have nothing."

But he still has the one thing that can't be replaced.

"I just feel blessed that we are both here," Hood said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.

Neighbors have set up a fund. If you'd like to contribute, visit any Bank of Hawaii branch and ask for the "Aaron and Spencer Hood" fund.

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