I’m a little behind getting this story out as both the local newspaper and a regional news network picked it up earlier this week — but good news is always worth repeating.
If you had any doubts, here’s proof that good samaritanship is alive and while, even in the 10 and under crowd.
Here’s the email that I received from Fire Chief Tosko describing the circumstances:
Last Friday, the Kent Fire Department responded to a call for smoke coming from a house on the 500 block of S. Francis St. When we arrived, black smoke was coming from several windows and neighbors told us of a dog trapped inside. We quickly made entry and put out the fire in the kitchen. The dog was rescued and is doing well. The occupant was not at home at the time.
That, though was not the end of the story. A nine year old young man by the name of Brandon who lives next door was the one who first noticed the fire. He notified his neighbor Emily who was watching him. Emily called 911 and tried to contain the fire herself. Brandon then made multiple calls himself to insure that help was on the way.
Today, the Kent Fire and Police Departments recognized Brandon for his quick thinking and actions to get help on the way quickly. Brandon was given a challenge coin, a T-shirt and even a Dairy Queen gift card from dispatcher Becky Schneider, Captain Rich Lynn, Chief John Tosko, Lt. Mike Lewis and officer John Romanoski.
Watch Fox 8 news or Channel 3 news tonight for all the details. Thanks again Brandon for your quick thinking and for making all of us in Kent proud. Brandon is truly a hometown hero and one of the many reasons it’s great living and working in Kent.
Fire Chief OFE
Kent Fire Department
And here’s the story in the local newspaper, with some great photos of Brandon.
Knowing to do the right thing, and doing it …. fantastic.
Saving a dog … awesome.
That smile afterwards … priceless.