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Four Oklahoma boys rescue 90-year-old neighbor trapped in burning home


The teens sprang into action after seeing the flames and carried Catherine Ritchie out to safety

Image source: WTAJ-TV video screen shot

Four courageous Oklahoma teenagers are being hailed as heroes after saving a 90-year-old woman from her burning home last month.

What are the details?

Wyatt Hall (17), Dylan Wick (16), and brothers Seth (16) and Nick Byrd (14) were hanging out at Hall's home in Sapulpa a few weeks ago when they smelled something burning and noticed smoke coming from a house across the street. What they didn't know at the time was that 90-year-old Catherine Ritchie was inside and struggling to find a way out to escape the fire that had already engulfed her bedroom.

The boys sprang into action. One broke the glass of the front door of the burning home to gain access while a second ran around to the back door and kicked it in. A third teen sprinted to another neighbor for an ax and help, and the fourth called 911.

Once inside Ritchie's home, 14-year-old Nick found the elderly woman in her smoke-filled hallway, picked her up, and told her "We're getting out of here," then carried her to safety with the help of his brother.

The teenagers then waited with Mrs. Ritchie, comforting her until first responders and her family members could arrive.

Ritchie's daughter thanked the boys on behalf of the entire family with a heartfelt blog post detailing their actions that day, saying "kids who are told about all the things they aren't old enough to do saved the life of the most precious and beloved woman we know."

She wrote to the teens, "Thank you for being the kind of young men who thought about another person above yourselves. Thank you for staying safe yourselves as well. Thank you to your parents who obviously raised you in such a way that lead you making life saving and heroic decisions on behalf of someone else."

In an interview with WTAJ-TV, Ritchie said of her rescuers, "They were just special, as young as they were."

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Anything else?

CNN saluted the teens in a profile Friday, wherein Dylan Wick's mother disclosed that her son has aspirations to become a firefighter.

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