Hello everyone! Happy Friday! You made it through another week. Congratulations!
Are you looking for a story about an act of kindness? If so, then this week's post will not disappoint! Today we'll focus on a heroic act that I saw make its way into the national news markets.
Catherine Ritchie, a 90-year-old woman living in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was getting ready to go to bed one night when a fire broke out in her home. She was in her bedroom and tried to escape, but she couldn't make her way through the smoke to get out. She accidentally ended up in her closet twice instead of finding the door into the hallway. Can you imagine how terrifying that must have been?
Four teens saw the flicker of flames and smelled something burning, and without waiting for an adult to tell them what to do, they raced into action. Three of them didn't even know her, plus, who knew if she was even home? This is incredible to me. They broke their way into the house and found Ms. Ritchie laying on the floor. They carried her out and took care of her until her family could get to her.
Thanks to Dylan Wick (16), Seth Byrd (16), Nick Byrd (14) and Wyatt Hall (17), Ms. Ritchie is alive and unharmed, and all four boys remained safe, as well.
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We talk a lot here about random acts of kindness. I truly believe that small acts throughout every day will help make the world a better place, but I am SURE glad to know that there are those who are willing to be heroic in their acts of kindness and risk their lives to save others. It sounds to me like these boys were just getting ready to go out for their evening fun and didn't even think twice about trying to help a neighbor. How did they know she needed help? What drove them to go inside a burning building?
Thanks to them, Ms. Ritchie and her family have more time together instead of a traumatic ending. You can read JUST how much impact their actions had in a blog post written by Ms. Ritchie's daughter. Please do take a moment to read the whole thing—it's really moving!
I hope this story gives you some hope for the world and for our youth. This story is just incredible, to me, so I hope you've enjoyed it!
Have a great week! 💛🐝