There have been so many superhero shows and movies in recent memory, and the one thing they all have in common is that the heroes are all adults.
But two boys in June 2015 proved you don’t have to be grown to be a hero.
Jeremiah Grimes and Isiah Francis, who were ages 11 and 10 at the time, were doing what any kids their age do. They were in an Oakland, Florida trailer, playing video games and watching YouTube videos.
It was about 11:30 AM, when they noticed something at the house next door.
“We looked out the window, and we saw flames coming out of the house,” Jeremiah said.
Given how close they were to the fire, the kids knew they couldn’t ignore it. They immediately went outside to find the male homeowner, trying to find water to put out the fire.
“We asked him if there were any kids in there, and he said yes,” Isiah told FOX 35 News. Upon discovering this, and seeing how bad the fire was, the boys decided there was only time for one course of action.
The boys bravely entered the burning home.
Many children their age wouldn’t have dared to go inside. But the boys tasked themselves with saving this man’s family, and despite being afraid, did their best to do so.
“I’m just thinking stay calm, keep your mind straight, stay focused on what you’re doing,” Jeremiah said.
While inside, all the kids could see was the intense fire throughout the house; they knew they only had so much time to find the children.
“We had to use our sense of touch,” Isiah told Orlando Sentinel.
The children had no choice but to feel around to see if they could find any members of the man’s family, while avoiding the flames at the same time.
This came in handy, as it allowed them to find two of the children: a 1-year-old, and an 8-month-old. They then escaped the house with the infants.
Jeremiah then called 911, and they took the children to Isiah’s house to give them water, and make sure they were okay.
The firefighters arrived, and they saved two other children who were trapped inside the house. Everyone in the man’s family had made it out alive.
Even if they were scared to go through with something as daring as that, the boys knew it was the right thing to do. They seemed more happy than fearful after the ordeal.
“I’m happy, as long as everyone’s okay, I’m okay, I’m happy,” Jeremiah said.
It’s incredible considering how young the boys were that they would risk their lives to save others.
In any situation regarding a fire, the best option would be to call emergency services, and wait for firefighters to arrive. No one can predict how dangerous a fire can be.
But in this instance, the boys were able to save two lives, before any real damage was done.