James Persyn III, who was just 14 years old when he did an amazing deed for a woman in need, was looking after his younger siblings when he heard a loud banging on the front door.
His father left him home with his 11-year-old sister Acelin Persyn and his 2-year-old brother Angus Persyn while he drove to J&M Produce and Nursery, where his fiancée worked, to drive her home.
Recalling that night, which happened back in 2013, James explained that the woman was shouting “Let me in! Let me in!” and was desperate to enter his home.
When James opened the door, she ran inside and he could see that she was severely injured.
The woman was a victim of kidnapping and sexual abuse by an ex-convict, Eric Ramsey. She was so frightened that she went straight to the kitchen and hid.
“She’s like, ‘We gotta hide! There’s someone out there who just kidnapped me and he’s trying to kill me,'” James recalled.
At that moment, James looked outside and noticed a car approaching his house. Recalling his dad’s instructions in a case of emergency, he hid his siblings and the woman in the bathtub of one of the bathrooms which was concealed entirely because of the lack of windows.
James then instructed his sister to call 911 while he grabbed his hunting knife.
The convict got to the house’s door and started banging and threatening to kill everyone if they don’t let him get inside.
In the meantime, James called his father and told him they were in danger. The father was in a frantic rush to ensure the safety of his children.
At this point, Ramsey, who wasn’t let inside, tried setting the house on fire with matches by spreading gasoline around it.
When the father arrived, he noticed flames at the front base of the house but was able to extinguish the fire with his feet and body. He then tried to open the door, but as he was unable to do that, he started breaking the windows in order to get to his children.
At that point, police arrived and believed the father was the intruder, and when the sheriff pointed a gun towards him, he explained that he was the father and he was trying to bring his children to safety.
Realizing the police was there, the children got out of the bathroom.
The officers questioned both the children and the woman after which she was taken to the hospital to receive medical attention.
Speaking of the incident, the children’s father said, “My daughter was quite hysterical. My son, you could tell he was upset and scared but he handled it very well.”
The night was an intensive one, especially because Ramsey was still on the run.
Luckily, the following morning, the family was informed that the ex-convict was tracked down and fatally shot.
When the story of James’ bravery spread around, his classmates and the entire community hailed him a hero, but he said he only did what he believed to be the right thing.
Isabella County also presented lifesaving awards to James and his younger sister Acelin following the traumatic incident. County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski, who presented the awards, said, “There’s no question in this case that those young children ended up earning that. Without them opening up that door, there’s no way that victim would have survived that night.”
We congratulate James for his bravery.
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