UPDATED: November 29, 2012
Lynette Stoute awarded Barbados Bravery Medal
Lynette is certainly worthy of the honour and of our remembrance. What this nation could do and be if each of us had 1/10th of her courage!
May God bless Lynette Stoute and her family
submitted by an old friend
When Lynette Stoute thought her three children were still in their burning home, she did not hesitate. Lynette ran into the flames and paid the ultimate price for her love as she was critically burned over 83 percent of her body. She died Tuesday in the hospital in Panama.
Fortunately Lynette’s children were already safe outside the home, but that in no way diminishes Lynette’s valour. She died knowing they were safe.
I don’t know the exact circumstances of the fire or how the children escaped or if a designated meeting place would have saved Lynette in that moment when she made up her mind to try to save her children, but I will take the opportunity to remind everyone about this important safety decision.
The importance of an “Emergency Meeting Place”
Sadly, the situation that brought about Lynette’s death has happened many times before when loved ones arrive to find a home on fire and no family members outside. That’s why it is so important to have an “Emergency Meeting Place” that every family member knows is where you immediately go when there is a fire or other disaster in the home. That way all family members can be quickly accounted for – and if someone arrives before the fire fighters they can look at that tree or telephone pole that is the family meeting place and they can see immediately that everyone is safe.
The meeting place should typically be visible to everyone in front of the home but far enough away that it is removed from danger and will not interfere with the fire fighters when they arrive. A meeting place is no good if the fire personnel order you away from it.
Once you arrive at the meeting place, you stay there until the fire is out or until friends and family know you are safe. Resist the temptation leave the meeting place too soon, and make sure the babysitters are thoroughly briefed about it.
I don’t know if having an Emergency Meeting Place would have saved Lynette Stoute because I don’t know enough about what happened at the time she ran into the burning home*, but if your family sets up a meeting place it might help you avoid the tragedy that took this courageous mother from her loved ones.
* (Editor’s note: Judging by the current story at Barbados Today, a meeting place may have saved Lynette Stoute. See Mother succumbs to injuries )
Photo courtesy of The Nation: My last baby is gone, cries dad