A sleeping Illinois family woke to a fire engulfing their two-story home. While flames prevented the parents from being able to reach their three children upstairs, the siblings took it upon themselves to save one another.
Twelve-year-old Derrionna Adam kicked out a window and helped her younger brother, 9, and sister, 8, onto the first-floor roof. A CNN story said:
Once outside, the 9-year-old boy, Dedeonta Neal, noticed his younger sisters were missing, not knowing they were safe with his mother. The boy went back inside the burning building to find them, suffering burns on his arms before exiting.
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The three children leaped 15 feet off the roof to safety. Aside from Dedeonata's broken ankle and the house being destroyed, the family of eight was unscathed. And, the kids are going to be honored for their courage.