Hero of the Week: Nicholas Balboa


Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.


There have been many hero stories emerging from the horrific tragedy that occurred at the Surfside condos in the Miami, Florida, area. Nicholas Balboa was walking his dog near his home when he felt the ground shake. He then noticed that part of the Champlain Towers had collapsed. He said that the image resembled those of 9/11.

When he got close, Nicholas heard a cry for help and noticed a hand reaching up through the rubble. He called for help from some other people passing nearby and they were able to pull a young boy out of the debris. The boy was under a bedframe and mattress, but he was alive.

Nicholas said that he’s happy that he happened to be in the right place at the right time or who knows how long it would’ve been until that little boy was found.

Learn more about Nicholas’ life-saving efforts in this story as covered by The New York Post.

Kix’s Response:

There is so much heartbreak with what has happened down in Miami. We haven’t heard a lot of stories of survivors, so we’re happy that we can share this one. I think some folks might have given a second thought to running towards a falling building, so Nicholas Balboa, you are this week’s ACC Hero.

And, it should go without saying, to all of you who are still there dealing with what I can only imagine is the worst kind of nightmare as you help with recovery efforts, thank you.




Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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