October Kitchen - October 2022


with Fox 5 that her son acted out of instinct. Although he didn’t fully understand what was happening, he knew he had to do something. “[Massiah] is super empathetic, so for him to do something like that isn’t out of the ordinary. It’s just crazy that he’s only 7 and doing something like that,” says Browne’s father, Marcus.

In July 2021, 7-year-old Massiah Browne went to the pool with his family on one hot summer day. Browne has taken swim classes since he was a toddler and is described as a fish by his family because he loves to be in the water. But today, he’s known as a hero.

As Browne was jumping and splashing in the pool, he noticed something unusual. He saw a boy, who would later be

Although Browne doesn’t fully understand what he did and the praise he received because of his actions, he knows he is being called a hero. Because of this, Browne created a superhero name, Siah Fire, which suits him well. His friends are so proud of him and honored to say they are friends with a hero.

identified as a 3-year-old, at the bottom of the pool. Although Browne is a child himself, he knew something had to be done. Immediately, he swam down into 6 feet of water and grabbed the arm of the child. Browne managed to bring the toddler to the surface, and Browne’s 9-year-old relative, Savannah, helped them both get to solid ground. Savannah’s mother began performing CPR on the toddler until first responders arrived. The toddler was transported to the nearest hospital in critical condition and has since made a full recovery. Browne’s mother stated in an interview

Massiah, you may not understand the full significance of your actions, but your bravery and courage are inspiring. Thank you for your heroism — it will never go unnoticed. We can’t wait to see what kind of man and hero you become in your future!

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No matter how busy my mom got, she never complained. Instead, she was very stoic and passed that trait down to me. Seeing my mother overcome situations and never letting pressure deter her gave me the experience and encouragement to do the same. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my mom. She is my hero, even to this day. I can’t thank her enough for all the sacrifices she made for me and the impact she’s had on my life. So, thank you, Mom, for everything you’ve done for me. Your love, support and sacrifices never go unnoticed. I appreciate you so much, and I have no idea who or where I would be without you. Thank you for being my mom. I love you so much.

took care of me, my sister and the house and still worked full time as our church secretary. She showed me from a young age how to manage different responsibilities and do them successfully. I don’t know anyone who has a bigger heart than my mom. The amount of love she has for the people in her life and community is inspiring. She has served on multiple boards and commissions for our church and community. I remember how my mom used to help recent widows settle their estates and help people move into living facilities and visit them daily. Shirley was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Her love for her community rubbed off on me because I am on several boards today and have served on my church’s committee for 20 years. Recently, I helped one of my friends who recently lost her husband manage her estate and supported her through probate. Sometimes, I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” But the answer is simple: My mother would have done the same.

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