While the entire family was asleep, the boy woke up and rescued them.
Many-a-time, as adults we forget the fact that kids can be intuitive and extremely resourceful, not just naughty, innocent or helpless. This was proven to be correct a 10 times over recently by a 5-year-old boy. His incredible sense of judgment saved his family of eight members. And yes, he is just five!
Noah Woods of Georgia woke up to flames and realized that their house was on fire and promptly did what needed to be done, CNN reported.
Following his brave act, he will be named an honorary firefighter and will receive a rare lifesavers award for his heroics. As he was woken up by smoke and flames, he did not panic but chose to maintain his calm. He jumped out of bed, grabbed his sister and got out of an open window which is the only emergency exit they have.
He then went in again and rescued his dog to safety. He did not stop there, he ran to his uncle's house next door for help. Later, together they saved the whole family.
"We've seen children alert their families before," Bartow County Fire Department Chief Dwayne Jamison told CNN. "But for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this ... that's pretty extraordinary."
The fire started by an overloaded electrical outlet in Noah's bedroom, Jamison revealed.
"By the grace of God, all nine of our loved ones were able to get out of our home," Noah's grandfather David Woods said in a GoFundMe post. "If it wasn't for Noah, we may not be here today." The whole family survived with minimal injury. They were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
For the destruction that the fire has caused to their house, the family seeks help and support from the community while they try to build their home back.
The Bartow County Fire Department will also recognize Noah on Friday as an honorary Bartow County firefighter and present him with a lifesaving award typically reserved for professional rescuers.
This episode should also open parents' eyes to the fact that kids could be equally, if not more, dependable and helpful in moments of distress. With his amazingly brave act, Noah proved that a hero is a hero and age is not a barrier!