Catherine Ritchie recalled she was in her bathroom preparing for bed when she noticed the headboard of her bed was burning. The 90-year-old attempted to put the fire out by throwing blankets and pillows on the flames, but the thick smoke only got her disorientated.
“The smoke was so bad, I couldn’t see to get out of my room, Catherine told Tulsa’s KTUL-TV. “I felt along the wall, and I went into the closet instead of the door to get out of the room. I finally did get to the door.”
She recalled calling 911 and hit her emergency call button, but she managed to get only to the hallway before becoming disorientated again.
The teens, who returned to the area three weeks after saving Catherine, had been hanging out across the street when they noticed her house was on fire.
The boys — Dylan Wick, 16, Nick Byrd, 14, Seth Byrd, 16, and Wyatt Hall, 17, wasted no time and jumped into action. One went to the front door, one went to the back door, one borrowed an ax from a neighbor and a fourth called 911, KTUL-TV reported.
Nick was able to get inside and found Catherine. He picked her up and got her to safety.
“I just kind of heard her. I went to the right of the house and no one was there. I went to the left of the house, and I saw her in the hallway, so I just grabbed her and took her to Seth,” the 14-year-old said.
All four teens and Catherine made it out of the fire safely. Firefighters arrived shortly after to put out the flames.
“Ever since that night, my life has just changed… For the better,” Wyatt said Wednesday as he looked at the burned mattress in the elderly woman’s bedroom.
Catherine’s daughter wrote a blog post thanking the four boys for giving Catherine’s 10 children and 42 grandchildren more time with their beloved matriarch.
“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,” Missy Ritchie Nicholas wrote on her blog. “We will forever be indebted to the time you bought for us and the example you set for us.”
Source: Fox News