Teens Cut Class—and End Up Saving Woman, 94
High school seniors pull her from burning home
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2014 3:24 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Ditching school is usually a bad thing—but in California on Monday, skipping class enabled three teens to become heroes. Garen Kissoyan, Peter Kravariotis, and Kirill Yantikov, all 17-year-old seniors at San Ramon's California High School, were driving down the street on their way to McDonald's when they saw smoke coming from the back of a house. Then, they saw Dianna Davis in the garage, calling 911—and she told them her elderly mother was still inside the house, NBC Bay Area reports. "We ... had the same instinct," Kravariotis says. "Just go in the house, so we did."

The smoke was dense, but they managed to find Davis' 94-year-old mother—covered in soot. They carried her and her dog to safety as she screamed, "I'm on fire. I'm on fire," the San Jose Mercury News reports. "All you could see was flames," Kissoyan says. "We couldn't even see the lady. She was covered in ash." She is recovering in a burn unit. The teens returned to school smelling of smoke, but were quickly called to the principal's office. He had a recording of them cutting class—and a voicemail from the woman's neighbor explaining what happened and asking the principal to go easy on them. They must serve four volunteer hours, but the principal tells KTVU he is "exceptionally proud" of the teens nonetheless.

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Randy Owens
Mar 20, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
Things happen in this world that make me believe in "divine guidance" and this is one of them. Those teens were meant to be there. It makes me feel proud as a former volunteer fire fighter that there are still those who will act to save a life and not stand idly by dialing 911 and waiting for help that will be far too late. Such as in this case. Kudos to those teens who turned doing something bad into something fantastically good.
kiddG
Mar 20, 2014 3:31 AM CDT
Kids were EXTREMELY lucky ! Any fireman will tell you NEVER go into a burning building, less we forget the story not long ago of the man who dies going back for his cell phone, not just burns but smoke inhalation can kill you in a matter of seconds, as for the 4 hour detention, principal should not be a hard ass and give the brave kids a break !
gkr44
Mar 20, 2014 3:13 AM CDT
So how many hours punishment do we put on the headmaster because he has never (theory) saved anyone from a fire? Enforce the rule,yes.But modify it with respect for what these youngsters did by suspending the punishment. The real problem with most teachers and most schools is that they are unreal, they are not part of the real world and kids know it. If the class is good, inspiring, motivating - they don't cut it. (My qualifications? 65+, one time teacher,one time youth club leader, believer in individuality and the development of the individual's particular talents).