Four teens rush into a burning home, saving the life of a 90-year-old neighbor
Four teens rush into a burning house and save the life of a 90-year-old neighbor
Four teenagers from Oklahoma planned to spend the evening together. They did not know they would end up in a burning house at the end of the night to save the life of a 90-year-old neighbor.
Last month, Dylan Wick, Seth Byrd, Nick Byrd, and Wyatt Hall, all ages 14-17, were in Hall at Sapulpa, just outside Tulsa, when they noticed the smell of burning gum. Then they saw the flames of the house of her older neighbor, Catherine Ritchie.
The teenagers – all high school footballers – have lost little time. Two of them broke into the house and the other two called 911 and alerted the neighbors.
Ritchie prepared to go to bed when the fire started. According to a blog post, her daughter tried to escape from her room, but the smoke was so strong that she could not escape.
Dylan Wick told CNN that Ritchie had arrived in the room when Nick Byrd had taken her to the floor. Together with her brother Seth, they took her to safety.
Ritchie’s granddaughter, Jennifer Sontag, told CNN that Ritchie had been shaken by the fire but remained the same calm and confident person as she was before. At the age of 90, Ritchie volunteered for charities such as the Salvation Army and Boys and Girls Club. Until recently, she was delivering meals on wheels, Sontag said.
Wyatt Hall’s mother, Cindy Hartin, says her son knew he should report to his neighbors. She was not surprised that he and his friends acted so quickly and courageously when they saw the flames. Lynn Wick told CNN that her son, Dylan, was eager to become a firefighter and that the goal was stronger now.
In her blog, Missy Ritchie Nicholas thanked the boys on behalf of her mother and all her family: “Thank you for being so young men thinking of themselves, thank you for saving you too.” Parents who have visibly trained you to make life-saving and heroic decisions for someone else. ”