Younger generations often get the business for being lazy and selfish, and teenagers are constantly being vilified for being disrespectful to their elders and generally just being annoyingly young. Nobody likes a know-it-all who thinks he’s going to live forever!
But sometimes a dose of some of that reckless, youthful energy does the world some good. Just ask 90-year-old Catherine Ritchie.
Catherine lives in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and a few weeks ago she was in her bedroom when she noticed her bed had somehow caught fire. After a few attempts, she was unable to put it out, so she used her emergency alert button to call for help and started leaving her home. Unfortunately, the smoke had grown too strong and she was trapped.
Thankfully, a group of teenage boys who lived nearby was headed out to the corner store when they noticed the flames coming from Catherine’s house. They immediately sprung into action, one of them running to get help and the other three throwing caution to the wind and trying to get inside.
14-year-old Seth Byrd eventually made his way in through the back door and found Catherine stranded in the hallway amidst the growing smoke. The teenager picked her up and carried her out to safety.
“This young boy was right there,” she said. “He picked me up, and I said, ‘I can walk,’ and he said, ‘We’re getting out of here.'”
Missy Ritchie Nicholas, one of Catherine’s ten kids – TEN KIDS! – wrote a heartfelt blog post thanking the teens for saving her mother:
Dylan Wick – 16 years old, Nick Byrd – 14 years old, Seth Byrd – 16 years old, and Wyatt Hall – 17 years old, thank you! Thank you for your selfless acts of heroism and courage. Thank you for not allowing this to be the tragic end to our mother’s amazing life.
She even thanked the boys’ parents for raising them to put others first.
Thank you to your parents who obviously raised you in such a way that lead to you making life saving and heroic decisions on behalf of someone else.
All ten of Catherine’s kids put their names on the post to thank the boys on their behalf, and on behalf of Catherine’s 42 grandchildren. 42!
Sounds like she may have added another four young boys to the mix.