This story happened back around Thanksgiving, but I hadn’t heard about it, and it’s such a powerful story, that I thought it was important to share. We need more “heroes” in this world, and even if they’re only 11 years old. Because I can tell you this much, this young man has more bravery in his little 11-year-old body than many grown adults out there. He risked his young life, without even batting an eye, to save his little sister’s life. This sweet, brave young kid, ran into a burning apartment building to rescue her.
Man, we need more humans like this boy. What an amazing young man he is.
Western Journal reported that on Nov. 22, Keishauna Banks went to the store to shop for her family’s Thanksgiving meal. Her two children, La’Prentis Doughty, 11, and Loyalty Doughty, 2, were at home at the family’s Salisbury, Maryland, apartment.
At around 6:00 p.m., trouble started to brew. An outlet in one of the second-floor bedrooms experienced some sort of electrical malfunction and a fire started, according to WLBT.
The smoke alarm went off, and La’Prentis quickly realized what was wrong. He ran out of the apartment to safety, but he then realized his little sister was still inside.
Risking his own safety, the boy charged back into the second-floor apartment, grabbed his sister, and brought her to safety, burning his arm in the process.
“If I didn’t save my sister, I would be mad at myself because I could’ve saved her easily,” the young hero said, according to WUSA. “I could have saved her, and I would risk my life for my sister.”
Thankfully, the burns La’Prentis sustained were minor, not even requiring treatment on scene, according to a report from the Office of the State Fire Marshall.
Around two dozen firefighters with the Salisbury Fire Department arrived and had the fire snuffed in 10 minutes, but not before it had done an estimated $290,000 in damages.
If anyone is deserving of a GoFundMe, it’s these people. They lost everything, except for the clothes on their backs.
There’s a GoFundMe set up to help get their lives back on track. It’s shocking to see that they’ve only raised a small portion of the very reasonable 25K “goal” they set. I hope you consider donating, even something small, to help this family.
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