When the name Jordan Keeler is heard around the hallways, there’s never a jolt of fear, or a harsh word uttered. Jordan Keeler doesn’t sit alone at lunch, instead he sits with the kid who is sitting alone at lunch, so neither one is alone.
Everday, Jordan would help an Autistic classmate off of the bus. He even took it a step further and carried his backpack. In a world where you can rarely find someone to hold the door for you, this is a truly amazing thing, especially for a fifth grader.
In the classroom, Jordan looked after the pet birds, and was a member of the noon-hour prayer club and encouraged other students to get involved in activities despite their fears.
On October 14th, 2011, at 4:30 AM, a fire ripped through a home near Calgary, Canada. Four members of the house, 2 adults, and 2 young girls made it out of the house and were treated for smoke inhalation. When firemen arrived, it was learned that a young boy was still inside.
Charred remains of a child were found inside the home and they were found to be Jordan Keeler.
Right now, Jordan’s Aunt and Uncle, whom he was staying with, his family, and entire community are mourning this difficult loss. As our team member, Kelsey informed me:
“Our town and the town of Chestermere (which is about ten min away) make up a very tight community. The citizens of the towns and the residents of the acreages between the towns all share a very strong sense of the classical “small town” community. We look out for each other, we care about our neighbors, we celebrate as a group and this week we collectively mourn as a whole.”
I have no doubt in my mind that in a few years, when Jordan got his first e-mail account, he wouldn’t head for inappropriate sites or internet chat rooms. I’m confident that he would sign up to be a member of our Love Bomb Team.
For that, I am making him an honorary member of our Team.
Jordan, you are the embodiment of what a selfless, amazing person is. Although your time here on earth was short, you’ve done more good things than many have ever done. You not being here anymore is a great burden on your family. However, the bigger burden lies on the rest of the world, who will never get to encounter the amazing boy who was on his way to a life of giving, community contributions, and unconditional love.
On behalf of the Love Bomb Team, we welcome you to our team. You hold a place in our hearts.
Let’s leave some comments here for Jordan Keeler’s family, and even to Jordan, thanking him for the good he’s done. And today, try to hold a door open for someone, carry someone’s bag, or encourage someone who’s scared to go for their goals.
It’s absolutely what Jordan Keeler would have done.