Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and ages.
It is quite hard to predict how we’d react in the event of an unexpected disaster. Countless drills and hours of training can be forgotten in an instant when we are overtaken by panic. Every decision is made under highly uncertain circumstances in which only a few gifted and courageous individuals prevail.
Noah, from Georgia, recently discovered that his nerves were made of steel and shocked not only his family but also the authorities who save lives for a living.
Last Sunday, Noah kissed his seven family members goodnight and hit the bed. Hours into the night, he awoke to a funny smell. That smell turned out to be from an electrical outlet on fire in Noah’s bedroom which he shares with his two-year-old sister.
Noah found himself in a situation that would be considered a nightmare by our adult selves. In a moment like that, most people would probably shout and scream for help in full-out alarm mode, but Noah did not let panic consume him and leapt into action.
First, he did what every older brother would do, he protected his little sister. He woke her up and escorted her out through the only open windows in the house. With his sister safely out of the house, Noah returned his attention back to the fire. He jumped back into the house and found the family dog; taking it out through the very same window he used to save his sister just moments earlier.
Being Five, Noah was not only a hero but also an adept counter. With his sister out of the house, he knew there were still 6 other people inside. Noah realized he wouldn’t have enough time to save them all on his own. In the heat of the moment, Noah decided to alert his uncle who was living next door. With his uncle’s help, Noah managed to rescue the rest of his family and escorted everyone out of the house safely.
When the fire department arrived on the scene they were relieved to find everyone safe and sound as the flames were starting to engulf the house. They were also quite astounded to find out that everyone there was still alive thanks to Noah.
Bartow County Fire Department Chief Dwayne Jamison commented “We’ve seen children alert their families before, but for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this … that’s pretty extraordinary.”
Following the events, the Bartow County Fire Department is preparing to honor Noah by recognizing him as an honorary Bartow County firefighter and bestowing him with an award that is normally reserved for professional rescuers.
On the other hand, the house was a total loss and Noah’s family started a GoFundMe campaign to help them get on their feet. The family is currently staying in a motel and planning to rent a place until they can rebuild their family home again.
Some say that in situations such as this one, humans tend to show their true nature by purely acting on their instincts. Noah’s first course of action was saving his family, pets included. Maybe he didn’t realize the true weight of his actions but his instincts made it clear that he was that kind of someone who can keep calm in the face of absolute calamity. The very essence of heroes.