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Not all heroes wear capes.

Some play tuba or trombone in their high school’s marching band or are stars on its wrestling team.

Such is the case with 17-year-old Max Campbell and brothers Alex and Julian Lindley, 17 and 15, respectively.
It was about midnight Wednesday when the three Taylor High School students were in the Indian Heights subdivision dropping off Julian’s girlfriend at her house.

A few moments later, the teens noticed what appeared to be fire coming from a house that belonged to one of their friends, and they stopped to warn those inside.

“We got out of the car and knocked on the door, and they didn’t answer,” Alex told the Kokomo Tribune on Thursday afternoon.

So the three walked around to their friend’s window and knocked again, able to finally draw some attention from inside.

“But they didn’t believe us at first,” Alex added, referring to their friend and another teenager who was staying at the house that night. “They thought we were pranking them. And we were like, ‘Dude, your house is on fire.’ … The fire was spreading quickly, too.”

After the reality of the fire finally set in, Campbell and the Lindley brothers began to help the homeowner (their friend’s father) and a neighbor with getting all six people and four animals safely out of the structure.

“There was no hesitation at all,” Campbell said, “not even in the slightest. It was just, ‘There’s a fire, now go get them out. … It’s just one of those things that there can’t be any hesitation in a serious situation like that because when there’s hesitation, that’s when things go from bad to worse. We just happened to do the right thing at the right time.”

And that’s exactly what their mothers, Vanessa Lindley and Della Campbell, said they were proud of.

“I think you always wonder, as a parent, what your kids will do in certain situations,” Vanessa said. “But just knowing that they had the initiative to do the right thing, … think that’s the most rewarding thing. In that moment, they knew exactly what to do.

“The Bible says to not let others look down on you just because you’re young,” she added, “because you can still make an impact.”

Della agreed with Vanessa, noting that she cried when she saw how many people shared the boys’ story on social media Thursday.

“They’re such good boys,” she said. “They’re young. They could have driven past it and not cared or driven past it and just called 911 and kept going. But they didn’t. And I’m so very proud of them.”

Kokomo Fire Department Chief Chris Frazier offered similar sentiments.

“It’s great that they (Campbell and the Lindleys) were aware enough to notice the house was on fire,” he said Thursday afternoon. “(They) were able to pick out that it was on fire, stop, initiate 911 and get us on our way and also (help) get those people out of the house, that says a lot about them.

“It’s obvious that even kids today, they are concerned about their neighbors and communities, and they’ll step up and do what they need to.”

Because at the end of the day, doing what’s right is always the best option, everyone interviewed said.

“I think teenagers get a bad rap because people say we’re just trying to cause trouble, and that’s not true at all,” Max said. “There are a lot of good people out there. They just get buried under all the bad these days.”

Alex nodded his head in agreement.

“A lot of people have thrown out the word hero at me. But I tell them I’m just being human. If my friend’s in trouble, I’m going to go help out my friend.”

The fire’s cause is still under investigation.





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