Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Power of Determination - The Glenn Cunningham Story

Nothings better than to sip that first cup of coffee and to start your day with a positive story. Enjoy…

By Burt Dubin

“The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A eight-year-old boy named Glenn Cunningham had the job of coming to school early each day so that he could use kerosene to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived. One cold morning someone mistakenly filled the kerosene container he used with gasoline, and disaster struck.

The class and teacher arrived to find the schoolhouse engulfed in flames. Terrified on realizing that Glenn was inside, they rushed in and managed to drag the unconscious little boy out of the flaming building more dead than alive. He had major burns over the lower half of his body and was taken to a nearby county hospital.”

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Mel said...

Was this little boy named Glenn Elmer Cunningham b. 19 August 1919 Yuba Co., California?

Dave Stancliff said...

The boy turned out to be Dr. Glenn Cunningham, who ran the mile in four minutes and eight seconds, the world's fastest indoor mile at the time.

I don't think we're talking about the same person.