Last month, Dylan Wick, Seth Byrd, Nick Byrd, and Wyatt Hall – all aged between 14 and 17 – were in Hall's home in Sapples, outside of Tulsa, when they first discovered the caustic smell. Then they saw the flames coming from Catherine Ritchie's old neighborhood home.
Teenagers – all high school footballers – have lost some time. Two of them broke at home, and the other two called in 911 and alerted neighbors.
Dylan Wick told CNN that Ritchie had reached the corridor when Nick Byrd took her from the floor. Together with his brother Seth, they rushed her to safety.
Ritchie's granddaughter, Jennifer Sontag, told CNN that Ritchie was shaken by the fire, but he is still the same calm and confident person he was before. In 90, Ritchie is an active volunteer with charities such as The Salvation Army and The Boys and Girls Club, and until recently he gave the meals on wheels, Sontag said.
Wyatt Hall's mother Cindy Hartin says her son knew how to control his neighbors, so it is not surprising that he and his friends acted so quickly and bravely when they saw the flames. Lynn Wick told CNN that Dylan's son has the ambitions to be a firefighter and this goal is now stronger.
In her blog, Missy Ritchie Nicholas thanked the boys for her mother and her entire family: "Thank you for being like young men thinking about another person over you, your parents who obviously put you in such a way that lead you to salvation and heroic decisions on behalf of someone else. "