Home-fire heroes deserve round of applause
In this age of pervasive sex and violence in popular culture, of divorce and decay of the family, of social problems and parental irresponsibility, of declining ethical standards and morality, it’s refreshing to see people doing the right thing. That was true in the case of the recent home fire on Ash Street. Doing the right thing meant racing into flames to rescue neighbors and loved ones. It meant risking lives to save others.
Such tremendous acts of courage and heroism restore one’s faith in humanity. Flames destroyed the rental home and its contents, but not before the four children’s father, Steven Lane, their grandfather, Jim Smith, and a neighbor, Shane Hubble, all braved flames and smoke to get the children to safety. The worst hurt, the children’s grandfather, was taken to Emanuel Hospital in Portland with burns on his back, shoulder, arms, face and head. He is now home from the hospital. He did not require skin grafts, as originally was expected, but still has plenty of doctoring to do before he is out of the woods.