After starving for about a week, Pony, Johnny and Dally decided to have some Dairy Queen while talking about what was going on at home.
After their meal the trio got in Dally's car and drove while talking about family and how Darry and Soda missed them and Johnny had no love from his parents. While doing this they met a school teacher that told them the church was on fire with children inside.
After hearing screams of the children inside of the burning church, Pony decided to run in, fast as a cheetah, while reluctant and scared, Johnny decided to follow him inside.
The boys ran through the church trying to get to the children, they had very blurry vision from the smoke and the flames blocking a ton of paths.
Pony and Johnny found the children and helped them down and out the window, when Pony heard one more child he tried to save them before being slapped in the back by Dally with a bam!. Pony then passed out.
After being sent to the hospital in their hometown, and being called a toadheaded boy for the first time, Pony finds that Darry had cried and missed him, he had not cried for their parents when they died but he had cried for almost losing Pony.