story comes to us from a reader named Steve who boils it down thusly:
Three kids are standing outside their house.When a stranger gets out of his car, running toward them and yelling, they run inside, probably afraid of the guy acting crazy.Nevertheless, the stranger follows the kids into the house, still yelling. Did the kids not know to lock the door? Had they not been taught the perils of home invasions? Did the out-of-control stranger break through the door?Whatever the case, the situation was life-threatening, but not in the way one would assume.The kids were outside watching the vacant house next door burn. The crazy stranger was an off-duty EMS who saw their house also on fire as he drove by. When he got inside, the heat felt like an oven to him. The kids listened to him and got out of the house. The crazy stranger returned to the heat to retrieve SEVEN more family members scattered among all 3 levels of the house, no injuries, not long before it was fully engulfed.
Read all about it here. And remember that the overwhelming majority of people would rather help than hurt a child. (Even if most of us would be afraid to run into a burning building.) (Or at least I would.)
And by the way, Donnell Gibson, the hero of our story, spent his senior year of high school homeless — and yet he was the first member of his family to graduate. Then he attended a special program to train low income St. Paul, MN, residents to work in the medical fields. Hats off to Donnell, and St. Paul. – L