Sometimes we fail to believe in our teenagers. But, they might surprise us with their acts of kindness and courage. Four teens from Oklahoma rushed to help their elderly neighbor even though they knew it could be life-threatening.
It may seem like they're always busy with their gadgets and keg parties but there's more to being a teenager than being young and free, as was proven by these four teens Oklahoma. According to CNN, the presence of mind and courage displayed by four teenagers aged between 14 and 17 saved the life of a frail, elderly neighbor Catherine Ritchie.
Dylan Wick, Seth Byrd, Nick Byrd, and Wyatt Hall were all ready for a chilled evening when the unexpected happened. The four friends were hanging out at Hall's place when they first noticed flames coming out of their elderly neighbor's house. “It smelled kind of like burning rubber. Then, we heard the house alarm go off,” said 16-year-old Dylan to KTUL.
The youngsters who knew there was no time to waste planned their immediate action. While two of them called 911 and alerted the neighbors, the other two broke into the house.
As it turns out, Catherine Ritchie, who has been living in this house for the past 58 years was in the bathroom, getting ready for bed when she noticed the top of her bed covered in flames. The 90-year old, who understood the danger tried hard to put off the fire but failed. Realizing she couldn't do it on her own, Ritchie called 911. However, the smoke made it very difficult for the elderly woman to leave the room.
“I felt along the wall, and I went into the closet instead of the door to get out of the room. I finally did get to the door,” the 90-year-old said to KTUL.
While Ritchie was helplessly stuck inside, the boys broke into the house through the back door. They found that the woman had somehow managed to reach the hall. Nick Byrd picked the woman off the floor and rushed her to safety. "This young boy was right there. He picked me up, and I said, 'I can walk,' and he said, 'We're getting out of here,'" said Ritchie to KTUL.
Ritchie and the boys left the house and the firefighters helped stop the fire before it caused full damage to the property. Though the incident has shaken the elderly woman, her granddaughter Jennifer Sontag said that Ritchie is still the same calm and confident woman she was before. The 90-year-old who is an active member of charities is forever grateful to the boys who saved her life. "They were just special, as young as they were," said Ritchie.
In a blog written by one of Ritchie's daughters, Missy Ritchie Nicholas, she thanked the boys for being her mother's savior. She wrote, "Thank you for being the kind of young men who thought about another person above yourselves. Thank you for staying safe yourselves as well. Thank you to your parents who obviously raised you in such a way that leads to you making life saving and heroic decisions on behalf of someone else," quoted CNN.
Meanwhile, the parents of the boys are immensely proud of their children's selfless act.