A 17-year-old Savannah High school student is hailed being as a hero Tuesday.
The student rescued his 84-year-old neighbor from a house fire.
17-year-old Taequan Mitchell and his family were in their house on Georgia Avenue when they noticed smoke coming from their neighbor’s home across the street.
When Taequan went over to investigate, he found flames coming from an air conditioner, and knew his neighbor was sleeping on the other side of the A/C.
Taequan says he walks past his neighbor Stephen Solomon’s home everyday, sometimes stopping in to say hi.
“I was nine or ten, and I used to help him with his shed, and just help him build stuff,” said Taequan.
The Savannah High School senior says that’s why he did the unthinkable Monday night- ran into a burning building to save his 84-year-old neighbor.
After he noticed flames coming from the side of the home, he told his mom to call 911.
Then he knocked on the door.
84-year-old Stephen Solomon was inside the home sleeping, only awakened after he heard the knocks.
That’s when Taequan rushed in.
“The fire was this way, and there was a bunch of smoke coming out. I told him to come on. He said had to get his shoes. I told him, no you can’t get your shoes. It’s a fire,” Taequan said.
Taequan says he was afraid the house would blow up, but concern for his neighbor overcame his fears.
Solomon calls him a blessing.
“They detected everything, because I was in here sleeping. They got me out of here and called the fire department,” said Solomon, who also added that he’s a heavy sleeper.
The community is calling Taequan a hero.
Taequan says when he woke up this morning, he thought nothing of the rescue, but he’s been honored by the City of Savannah, Savannah High School, and the fire department.
Right now, Solomon and his family are looking to raise money for an electrician, so he can get back into his home.
If you would like to help, call 912-667-1473.