Because of Latrell McCockran’s bravery, a man is alive today.
The 14-year-old Bay area teenager is being hailed as a hero after risking his life to save a disabled man and his dog from a burning building.
Latrell McCockran and his friend, Isaiah Taylor, were enjoying their first weekend of summer vacation when Isaiah’s mom, Rhonda Evans, came running in. “And I said, ‘Get here, it’s a fire! It’s a fire! Get here now, it’s a fire!” Evans said.
McCockran, a 14-year-old student at Fairfield’s Golden Hills High School, grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the apartment of his disabled neighbor. “I saw the guy kind of stumble and it was like, ‘he’s out of it, he’s been breathing in all the smoke inhalation,'” McCockran said.
McCockran had to crawl under the smoke to reach 62-year-old Richard Smith. “He said, ‘Get the dog, the dog.’ So I had to run in there a second time to get the dog, and as I ran in there to get the dog, flames started coming out of the room from the roof and the stuff just started to fall,” McCockran said.
McCockran said that he couldn’t “sit there and let somebody die.” The fire department said that despite not having any formal training, McCockran executed the same maneuvers firefighters are trained to do.
What a hero!
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