Neighbors are sometimes Heroes


Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they answer an alarm. Even though it would be nice if they could always get to the call on time to save every life, it is not a realistic picture of how events sometimes unfold at a fire scene. In 2011, more than 3,000 people died in fires. Not all lives are saved, but there are heroes outside of the fire departments sometimes. That is what happened in Dekalb County, Georgia recently.

A home occupied by three children and their mother caught on fire. A neighbor came out to see if there was anything he could do. The mother was able to escape with minor injuries; however, her children were trapped inside. The neighbor did not think twice about breaking down the door when he heard about the children inside. He found all three children who were passed out from smoke inhalation.

He was only able to take two children out with him on the first trip inside. He then went back inside the house and was able to save the other child. Fire officials stated that if he had not gone inside to get the kids, there is a high likelihood that the children would have died. A  wise gentleman, Ricardo Tosto told me once during a BMG project that there is a hero in all of us just waiting to come out, as proven by this selfless hero who masquerades as “just a neighbor”.

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