Aldain Daley is now a hero to his community of Kilmarnock district in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. On May 12, Daley who is 18-year-old ran inside a burning building to rescue a physically elderly disabled man.
The elderly man is 86-year-old Vernon Sewell, who reportedly left his gas stove on by accident.
Daley was hanging out with friends at a section of the community when they spotted smoke coming from Sewell’s home, located on a nearby hill.
“So, same time I turned to my friends and say, we can’t be here so and make the man burn up. After that, I ran off, ran down the hill and ran up here so, and when I look the fire was blazing inside,” he said.
He then began calling out to Sewell, who was nowhere to be seen as the fire continued to spread. Luckily, moments later he spotted the him barely making his way onto the veranda through a plume of smoke.
Daley recalled that Sewell was desperately calling out for help because he lived alone, and moved especially low because of his disability.
“So, I ran up the stairs and reached the veranda. A blockage was there and I had to kick it away. I call to him and it was like him can’t come. So, I go there and a try lead him and he still can’t move. So, I ended up having to lift him up and carry him go out on the step,” Daley told JIS.
His friends came and helped him bring Sewell down the steps. By this time, a crowd had converged on the scene.
Sewell reportedly sustained minor burns across 20 per cent of his body, to include his face. He was transported to the Black River Hospital where he currently remains in stable condition.
“He would not be alive today, from my observation. If we were like three or four more minutes late, he would burn up, but luckily he got saved and I’m glad that nothing severe do him,” Daley said.
“I don’t know where that braveness came from that day. It just appeared and I did what was right. Also, growing up knowing Maas Vernon, him did kind to me and stuff, so I couldn’t be at a close range where I could a help him and make him get burn up, no matter the circumstances,” he added.
Daley is a past student of the Black River High School in the parish. He spends most of his days in the community farming as well as performing other odd jobs. His dream, however, is to one day become a soldier, and he yearns for the opportunity.