Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
A 12-year-old boy from near Pensacola, Florida is being hailed as a hero after saving his four younger siblings from their burning house, MSNBC.com reports.
Justin Jackson says he was watching over his three brothers and one sister when a fire broke out inside their home in Milton, Fla., on Sunday evening, NBC station WPMI-TV in Mobile, Ala., reported. His mom was working the night shift at a nursing home and his father had been away on business, according to local media reports.
“If he wasn’t here, we would not be alive,” Justin’s 9-year-old brother, Emilio Jackson, told WPMI-TV. “I love him all the way to the universe and back.”
A storm knocked out power to the neighborhood and the children had used a few candles to light up the house, according to WPMI-TV.
Justin said he was awakened by thunder and lightning, and then saw smoke. He leaped into action, grabbing his three brothers, including Diego, 6, and William, 5, WPMI-TV reported.
“I just picked them up and took them outside and I was knocking on neighbor’s doors but none of them came out,” Jackson told WPMI-TV.
Jackson said he ran back into the fire and kicked down the door to get his 3-year-old sister, Brooklynn.
“I was worried that I was not going to get my little sister out of there,” Justin told WPMI-TV. “I had to pick her up and she was real stiff, I was just real scared at that point.”
After saving his sister, Justin said he dashed back into the burning home a third time to call 911.
Image: Fire truck, via Shutterstock.
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Friday, January 6th, 2012
Sarah McKinley, a young mother whose husband died of cancer in mid-December, shot and killed an intruder on New Year’s Eve who had broken into her home while she was alone with her 3-month-old baby, Yahoo! News reports. From the news story:
Sarah McKinley says that a week earlier a man named Justin Martin dropped by on the day of her husband’s funeral, claiming that he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old Oklahoma City area woman did not let him into her home that day.
On New Year’s Eve Martin returned with another man, Dustin Stewart, and this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. The two soon began trying to break into McKinley’s home.
As one of the men was going from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry, McKinley called 911 and grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun.
McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO that she quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put the bottle in the baby’s mouth and called 911.
“I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher. “I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”
The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door.
“I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her. McKinley was on the phone with 911 for a total of 21 minutes.
When Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.
Image: 12-gauge shotgun, via Shutterstock.
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