You’re Never too Young to Be a Hero

California teens Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds

Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds

Youth get a lot of bad press on how they’re only interested in video games and their inability to communicate one-on-one because their attention is constantly focused on their cellphones.

Well, California teens Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds are great examples of why this stereotype just isn’t true.


Last Friday, out of sheer instinct and selflessness, the two saved the lives of a man and woman trapped inside a burning car on a road in Orange County, California. With the help of a passerby, who used a large rock to break through the glass sunroof, Alex dialed 911 as Jeffrey helped pull the trapped passengers from the flames of the vehicle.

According to County Fire Captain Steve Concialdi, the woman sustained head and shoulder injuries while the male passenger had minor injuries.

“Honestly, I’ve never been more scared” recalls Jeffrey. “We got them out and then it just started to just blow up.”

Alex and Jeffrey, both 16, are teammates on their high school baseball team and are being heralded as heroes by Orange County Fire Authority officials.


Santa Margarita Catholic High School plans to honor their star students in the coming weeks although the teens reject the notion of being heroes. They feel they just did what needed to be done. Alex’s response to the harrowing experience is:

“If there’s a flipped car on fire, my first instinct is, ‘They’re going to die if we don’t do something,'”

I love the quote, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and this altruistic story backs up why.  Not all kids are “bad” and “irresponsible”. We all have within us the capacity to put the lives of others before ourselves no matter what our age.

Let’s take a tip from Alex and Jeffrey and strive to always be willing to lend a hand to those in need.

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Written by DonnaMarie Woodson

As a writer, wife, and mother I feel it is my obligation to hold a mirror up to the world to remind us to treat others as we would wish to be treated. I’m a fighter who is a survivor of both Colon and Breast Cancer and live for every moment of every day.

My philosophy is we create our own reality so it’s up to us to live a life of peace, compassion, and love.

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