This is the story of a remarkable young man.
Casie Bennett of Creola, Alabama, can’t help but brag on her 15-year-old son Kenneth.
"In general, teenagers get a bad rap,” the mom of two recently told AL.com. “My son is a good kid. He really is."
She’s not kidding. Earlier this month the family’s house burned down, and although nobody was hurt, they lost everything. On the night of July 9th, Kenneth returned from a friend’s house to find volunteer firefighters battling to put out the blaze that had consumed the only home he’s ever known. Shockingly, the high school sophomore thought not of himself or his possessions, but of the firefighters. Their cooler, he noticed, was empty. Around 1am, after the fire was out, Casie tells AL.com that Kenneth went to a nearby gas station to buy her some root beer. There he noticed some cases of water, so he handed the clerk $40, and took the water straight to the fire department.
As it turns out, the $40 was all the money Kenneth had. "He had been saving that money for his anniversary, the day after the fire," Casie explained to AL.com. "He wanted to take his girlfriend, Bailey, to Ruth's Chris."
A few days later Casie sent her go-to local traffic source, Mobile Traffic, a Facebook message with a question about traffic on the Interstate. Shortly into the conversation she told the mysterious man behind the page about what Kenneth had done for the firefighters. She said that his own Hero Hydration Water Drive had inspired the selfless act.
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Touched, the man behind Mobile Traffic reached out to fans of his page for help treating Kenneth to dinner at a local restaurant and possibly a limo to help him surprise his girlfriend with a nice night. And boy did they pull through. This week, with help from a few generous fans, Kenneth was given new clothes, a limo ride, and a free meal at Felix's Fish Camp - Spanish Fort for himself and his girlfriend.
All that, and Kenneth still doesn’t think he did anything special. "I just saw the firefighters were down to their last couple of bottled waters and figured it was the least I could do for them putting out our house fire for us," he explained to Mobile Traffic.
Kenneth, that’s exactly what being a hero is all about.
You can donate to the Kenneth and his family here.