Father of two young boys Glenn Church lost control of his moving van while transporting the family’s belongings from Michigan to Texas.
The horrible accident instantly killed Church, who was ejected from the vehicle, and left his two sons Isiah and Jeremiah trapped in the burning 18-wheeler.
Five-year-old Isiah acted quickly, rescuing himself and two-year-old Jeremiah by crawling out of the car debris and getting to safety.
A true wonder considering the circumstances.
From the terrible accident, Jeremiah suffered second and third degree burns, majority of them located on his arms, chest and face.
The grandmother of the children, Sandi Watkins told PEOPLE magazine:
“It’s amazing that these two children made it out alive, truly a miracle.”
“Jeremiah is doing phenomenally, he looks better every single day.”
On Friday, the two boys saw each other for the first time, after Jeremiah received a skin grafting operation, a surgery that requires two top layers to be taken from the donor site and one underneath it, United States National Library of Medicine stated.
After the meeting, Isiah explained how grateful he was that his little brother is alive.
The Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department honored Isiah, the eldest brother for his bravery and heroic actions.
“Isiah Church is a hero in my eyes. This was a tragic event and, as a mother myself, as a parent, I was touched by what this child did. He didn’t think of himself, but thought of his brother.”
“Isiah had been ejected from the vehicle and, I’m told, he motioned to his brother to get out of the vehicle that was on fire. When his brother didn’t, Isiah found a way to get the door and got his brother out. He lost his dad in the accident, who had been ejected, but he still thought of his brother first.”
“As police officers, we’re trained what to do, but Isiah already knew. I told him to come back in a few more years, we need police officers like him.”
Currently the family has a GoFundMe page created by Tracee Jordan on behalf of the family, because they lost everything in the fiery accident and are in need of financial help as well as prayers.
The goal is set at $100,000.00 and so far $1,521 has been raised.
The mother of the two boys is currently in the hospital for emotional destress and the day of the accident, she was in a car ahead of the moving van, so she was not harmed.
The grandma has custody at the moment, and is thankful for everyone who has been there for the family during this time of need.
“Through this tragedy we have received the most amazing support from kind strangers,” she said. “Isiah and Jeremiah will be okay in the end, they are strong and they’ll get through this together.”
Without Isiah’s actions, his brother might not be here today.