(From 25 News) – Visitation was held Friday for a young mother from Stark County who was killed in a house fire last Monday.
Shelby Carter, 21, of Wyoming was first able to save her 12-day-old daughter from the blaze. Carter strapped her baby to a car seat and dropped her out of a second story window to safety.
“She thought of her baby first and saved her,” says Wyoming resident Sandi Clark.
“I grew up with Kathy and Robert, her parents, we went to school together,” said Shelby’s pastor and former youth soccer coach, Joe Hamilton. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know them. And Shelby was just the pride and joy of their life.”
Still, amidst the grief among family, friends and residents of Wyoming, there was one small bright spot in the otherwise dark day.
“They’re focused on that little girl,” Hamilton said. “I think in the midst of this tragedy that’s such a beautiful, wonderful thing. If we can find something it’s that. The baby is fine.”
Carter was engaged, working as a cashier at a local store and going back to school to become a pharmacy technician.
“She was just a very nice girl to be around, a little on the quiet side but a very, very nice young lady,” Clark said.
People in Wyoming are rallying around the family, including the baby’s father and grandmother who had also been living in the home and lost all their material possessions. They are in need of clothes, and the baby needs diapers, formula, and more.
Donations for the family are being accepted at various locations, including the fire house and ambulance building in Wyoming. The Super Valu in Toulon, where Carter worked, is also taking donations, as well as any Better Banks location.