Most people can’t comprehend the terror of waking up to find their bed engulfed in flames just seconds before going to sleep.
Catherine Ritchie, on the other hand, had a similar experience.
Ninety-year-old Catherine has been a resident of her house for 58 years.
Since her husband died a decade ago, she has been living alone in the house.
Catherine was going about her nightly ritual when she became aware that she was in danger.
Catherine attempted to extinguish the fire on her own, but quickly realized she was outmatched. She called 911, set the alarm, and tried to flee the house. Unfortunately, she discovered that the state of the house had considerably worsened during the time she had spent fighting the fire.
Catherine couldn’t see because of the smoke in the house.
She became disoriented in her home’s corridor and was in grave danger.
When four adolescent guys, aged 14 to 17, smelled Catherine’s house on fire, they were not far away. They were also alerted by the alarm she sounded. The guys did not hesitate to rush into the house and assist the old lady.
Once inside the house, the four lads looked for Catherine anxiously. Nick Byrd, the group’s youngest member, was the first to locate Catherine. Nick took the woman in his arms and carried her out of the flaming house, despite her protests that she could walk.
Catherine and the four boys were all able to get out of the house safely. Not long later, first responders came.
Missy, Catherine’s daughter, wrote the lads an open letter expressing her gratitude. “She turned around after brushing her teeth and hair to see her bed totally engulfed in flames,” she wrote. Missy then expressed her gratitude to the lads for their bravery and for saving her mother.
She stated that her family will never forget what the lads had done for them, and that Catherine’s 42 grandchildren had also expressed their gratitude.
The lads express their gratitude for Missy’s and others’ compliments on their deeds. But everyone of them expresses their gratitude for being close and for Catherine’s safety. The four lads claim that the experience has altered their lives for the better.