True Heroes: A Story of Courage & Bravery

True Heroes: A Story of Courage & Bravery

Imagine that you are on spring break and going out for a late bite to eat.  Suddenly, a car races past you and crashes into a tree and bursts into flames. What do you do? Seriously? What would you do?

Well, Cody Decker and Luke Vaughn, two teenagers from DeWitt High School in Michigan, MI, found themselves in just this situation on April 4, 2012 in Florida.  Literally, without hesitation, Vaughn called 911 and Decker raced towards the car to provide immediate assistance. Despite running 1/4 of a mile, they were the only ones to arrive on the scene. They found a man and a woman trapped inside, screaming for their lives.  Decker broke the driver’s side window and had to bend the door frame to get the couple out of the car safely. Together, the boys dragged the couple to safety.

Jessica Lopez, the daughter of the the woman in the crash said, “If it wasn’t for them, we’d be attending two funerals right now.” This is probably true. Others saw the crash and did nothing. These 17 year old boys responded. They responded with courage. They responded with bravery.  They responded with good judgement. They responded with immediate action, which is what the situation required. I am wondering, out loud, if you or I would have acted similarly.

Please watch 1 or 2 of these clips. Take a few minutes to honor these true heroes. (local story) (national story)


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  1. I think it would’ve been difficult for myself to have that courage and bravery to save those two people and what makes it more interesting is that these young men are only 17 years old and were able to respond to the action quickly.

  2. I would have tried to help the people distress as well as these two brave teenagers did. What they did was brave and amazing!

    1. they are nice people for them to call 911 and go help them that was nice because if it wasnt for them and they stayed in the car any longer it could have caught on fire or anything else

  3. I think i would have hesitated then called and tried helping. When i am in shock it take me a minute to realize what is happening i know in this case it would be bad to hesitate , i would try and help as much as i can.

  4. In this situation I would of called 911 and see if there was anything I could of done to help. I don’t have much muscle so I don’t think I could of bent the door back but I would of tried.

  5. People with courage are always needed because in a situation like this I probably would be no help but what they did was amazing.

  6. I would probably not have that much courage to act so fast, but i would have did something. Because i believe if you can do anything to save a life, Do It!

  7. The teenagers displayed true courage and heroism when helping the people. I think I would not know how to respond with the event.

  8. I think in my fear, and with adrenaline rushing through my body- I would try to help them as much as possible. However, I don’t know if I would’ve had the strength and bravery to break the window and reach into the car. I would hesitate only because this could help save the people, or only hurt you and the couple even more from glass shattering, flames spreading, etc. I applaud these boys though, and the fact that they jumped into action without a second thought.

  9. I think I would have hesitated then tried helping. When I’m in shock it takes me a minute to realize what is happening, I know in this case it would be bad to hesitate, I would try to help as much as I can.

  10. I would have done the same thing and tried to help as much as I could and I would try to act at the best and not get over whelmed.

  11. These two 17-year-olds are heroes for what they did. I cant believe no one else ran to save them they have good quick thinking and are lifesavers literally

  12. I most likely would do the same thing, or at least the similar thing. I would try to help out and do my best without feeling pressured.

  13. The two boys were courage and lucky at the same, because they were at the place at the right time and to go into the burning car.