Saturday, June 20, 2015

Courage is ageless and colorblind

Isiah Francis is ten years old and Jeremiah Grimes is eleven. They're pals, and now they're also heroes. They were playing together last week in the mobile home park where they live in central Florida when they looked out the window and saw flames coming from a nearby home. They knew kids lived there, so both boys ran to the neighbors's trailer and, risking their lives, dashed inside. They said the smoke was so thick they could barely see. Later, Jeremiah told a reporter, "It was really hot. It felt like 150 degrees in there. I was thinking, 'Stay calm. Keep your mind straight. Stay focused on what you're doing.'" The boys tucked two babies, -- an 8-months old and a one year old -- under their arms. "I took the infant, "said Jeremiah. "Isiah took the older one, and we ran back to his house."

 Isiah (left) and Jeremiah (right) are best buddies.

After the rescue, Isiah told a reporter he's wanted to be a fireman since he was five. "Even if I have to go through this hard work, I still want to be one," he said. Jeremiah felt happy. "We saved two people's lives," he explained. "Like probably if no one did that, them two would probably be dead or seriously injured. As long as everyone is OK, I'm happy."

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