Heroic Teens Race Into Burning Home to Save Elderly Woman

Logan Campbell and Jimmie Brown deserve more than a pat on the back for their valiant effort. The South Carolina stepbrothers are being praised, and rightfully so: The teens rescued their 89-year-old neighbor who didn't know her house was on fire.


The teens, ages 17 and 16, were sitting in their backyard when they heard a noise from Pearl Mabry's home before flames quickly arose. Knowing Pearl was inside (she was sleeping at the time), Logan and Jimmie were able to kick down the door and bring her to safety.

"These kids cared enough about another human being to risk going into a burning house," Fire Chief Marvin Murray told People. "It took us a few minutes to get to the scene, and by that time Ms. Pearl could have inhaled a lot of smoke."

Not too many people would run into a burning house, but these teens couldn't risk their beloved Pearl Mabry getting hurt. They praise her as a grandmother figure who always loved and looked out for them. "I’ve known her my whole life, and she’s helped my grandma raise me. I’d do anything for her," said Jimmie to WBTW 13 News. "It’s pretty great that we were able to save her in time," added Logan. "That’s all I was worried about was getting her out."

I probably would've screamed at my kids for risking their lives. After all, it's not every day you hear about people rushing into a house on fire. It was an extremely dangerous decision, but also a selfless one as Pearl might not be here today if it wasn't for Logan and Jimmie's quick thinking. As parents, one of the goals we have is to raise children that are respectful and think of others. If I were to meet their folks I would tell them job well done.

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I can only hope to have such a warm impact on my community -- and not because I would like to get rescued from a fire (that would be nice). Known as the "neighborhood momma," Pearl seems to have a wonderful relationship with the kids in her area. This reminds me of my own mom and how much of a powerful image she was in our Baltimore community. It's not like she did anything out of the ordinary, but simply made it a point to spend time with others and show them she cared.

You never know how your actions can affect other people. Even the simplest acts of kindness can leave a lasting impression for time to come.


Image via WBTW 13 News

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