Quick thinking saves the day!
“Fire”! “Fire”! Someone shouted! A woman came running out of a nearby shop, screaming that her child was in the burning apartment building. Before anyone had the opportunity to do anything or to call the Fire Appliance, Mackey was there to the rescue! Out of nowhere, he scaled up a coconut tree, jumped through the flaming window and rescued the child from the burning building! He became an instant hero on that day.
It was a clear bright and hot sunny midday, not a cloud in sight. In the twinkling of an eye smoke was seen emanating from the window and then the bursting flames. The wind was strong and as Mackey ascended the tree, the top began to sway dangerously to the burning building. There were “ooohs” and “aaaahs” from the crowd below that were growing in numbers. Mackey was cool as a cucumber; he continued his climb until he was within reaching distance with the window. The heat was blistering hot! Mackey began reaching for his back pocket for a bottle of water. Taking a few gulps of water to quenched his thirst, he poured the remaining water over his head and face. This was to protect him from the heat and possible burns he may suffer once inside the building.
With great dexterity and skill, Mackey leapt through the burning inferno coming from the window in search of the child. The heat was unbearable! By this time the crowd had grown to twice as much, anxious to see the outcome. The few minutes passed that seemed like hours and no signs of Mackey or the child yet, not even a cry or voices heard. Some people began murmuring that it was a brave way to die; others said he would be remembered for his unselfish act of bravery. Others still hoping he would appear at the window soon, while some began praying and asking God to help keep them alive. It was solemn sight to see.
Then, all of a sudden Mackey appeared with the crying child in his arms to the applause of an...