November 30, 2021 by By Cathy Stack
The children smelled smoke soon after their parents left for the store. They turned around to detect the source and were shocked and horrified to find their baby sister’s playpen on fire.
The first thought that came to Briar’s mind was to rescue his little sisters. The family had previously discussed emergency plans, so he was prepared to act.
“I knew I had to get them (his sisters) out of the house,” Briar recalled of the frightening incident.
In a matter of minutes, flames were climbing the ceiling. Smoke was filling up the hallways. The terrifying fire quickly spread throughout the home.
Briar remained calm and focused on the urgent task of saving his four younger sisters: Peyton, 12, Jocelyn, 3, Willow, 1, and 6-month-old baby Sawyer. He frantically grabbed hold of the two infants and rushed the older sisters out the door to safety. After making sure his siblings were far away from the danger and breathing in fresh air, he ran back into the home, still intent on saving it despite the flames flickering around him. He quickly grabbed the fire extinguisher from under the kitchen sink and desperately tried to douse the flames. But the fire was uncontrollable at this point, and despite his best efforts, the flames kept growing larger. The home filled with thick smoke.
Briar was having difficulty breathing, and his vision was dimming. He was on the verge of collapsing. Suddenly, something pulled at his leg. He looked down to find the family’s protective dog, Mandy, aggressively brushing up against his leg to get his attention. Briar refocused and grabbed hold of Mandy. He credits his furry friend with leading them both out the door to safety.
Firefighters arrived on the scene, but the fire was too aggressive for the home to be saved. Despite the devastation of losing their home and all their belongings, the family feels incredibly grateful that they all survived the fire unharmed.
“We’re just so thankful that every single one of them made it out. If it wasn’t for my son, I don’t know where I’d be,” Briar’s mother said, reflecting on the terrifying ordeal that threatened her children’s lives. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
PassItOn and The Foundation For A Better Life believe that Briar Omar is a true hero. The home and material possessions can all be replaced. But thanks to Briar’s quick thinking and courageous deed, his four sisters’ precious lives were saved. Briar’s action is a great example of the value of bravery. The fire might have torn down the family’s home but a big brother’s loving bond allowed them all to survive.
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