Heroes come from all walks of life and ages. One such case is that of a young man in Georgia who was hailed as a hero after he ran into a burning home to save his elderly neighbor.
On Aug. 20, Taequan Mitchell, from Savannah, became a hero after saving his 85-year-old neighbor, Stephen Solomon, from his burning home.
Savannah Fire congratulates 17-year-old hero Taequan Mitchell, a student Savannah High student, who woke his elderly…
Taequan has known Solomon since he was 9 or 10 years old and had previously helped the man with small chores around the house. That night, it was Taequan’s mom who first saw smoke coming from Solomon’s home and told the 17-year-old to go over to check on him.
“I kind of panicked a little bit,” Taequan told WTOC. “I kind of like thought, ‘Oh I need to help him.’”
At that moment, Solomon didn’t know that his house was on fire as he was sound asleep. When Taequan realized this, he quickly leapt into action.
“He kicked his foot and bam! He kicked the door in and grabbed me by my hand and pulled me on outside. I didn’t know what had happened, you know,” Solomon recounted.
Though Taequan had helped to save his neighbor, he credited some efforts to his mom.
“I think it was a blessing that my mama was standing, sitting right here,” Taequan said. “It could have been worse, and he was asleep, so it could’ve been much worse. He probably could’ve lost his life in the fire. but I thank God that I was there.”
Taequan was honored the next day by the Savannah Fire Department and given a Certificate of Appreciation for his heroic action. Savannah Fire Chief Charles Middleton had nothing but praise for the teenager.
“He overcame something that he was afraid of for the greater good,” he said.
“What you did today was so phenomenal, because it goes against the grain of what people believe today about so many of our young people,” Middleton told Taequan.
Taequan’s schoolmates learned about his good deed as well when the school broadcasted his heroic act during the morning announcements.
“They announced it on the intercom, and when the block had changed and it was time to go to the next period and stuff, all you heard was everybody: ‘Oh Taequan, you’re a hero,’” Taequan said. “I was getting hugs left and right.”
And the teenager is proud of what he did.
“Oh no, I think I’m a hero! I saved the man’s life,” he said.
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