Two young boys ran into a burning mobile home to save two toddlers left inside.
Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes,11, were playing video games in the latter's home—just your ordinary kid business—when they were moved to do something few adults would venture. Francis relates the story:
"I looked out the window because I smelled something, [and] when I looked out the window, I saw smoke,"
They noticed that the childrens’ father “kept running in there with water trying to put [the fire] out,” but had not yet attempted to save the kids himself.
So the young boys swallowed their fear, risked being burned themselves, and entered the home.
“[My] heart was beating so fast.”
“I was nervous because there was no much smoke. It was hard for me to see and all that.”
Each grabbed a child under their arms, pulled them out, and still had the wherewithal to ask the father if there were any more left to save.
Then the two young boys called the fire department and the police. Because they're superheroes, not vigilantes. Take that, Batman.
After the event, the young heroes remained humble, speaking openly about their fears, and with the kind of innocence you’d expect of any bright-eyed kid.
“[I was afraid I] "was going to get burned, or it was going to start booming."
Francis has wanted to be a firefighter since he was five years old, and the trauma of this incident—which he sweetly terms “hard work”—hasn’t fazed him one lick.
"Even though I have to go through all this hard work, I still want to be one."
Kids, any fire department in the world should be honored to have you.
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