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Posted: 1/1/2004 12:20:24 AM EDT
Something tells me this boy is going to grow up to be A-OK.  

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,107090,00.html

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A 12-year-old boy saved his 18-month-old sister from a fire in their home, running through smoke and flames and carrying her out through a second-floor window onto a porch roof.

"She's my sister, and I'm supposed to take care of her," said Michael Wedekamm, who suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation in the fire early Tuesday.

The blaze started in first-floor bedroom and quickly spread to the rest of the two-story home where Michael lived with his mother and three sisters. All escaped with minor injuries.

"Michael went up to get the baby. The rest of them went out the back door," said Lt. Carl Sizemore, Parkersburg's chief fire inspector.

The boy had to kick out a window screen and climb onto the porch roof because the stairway was filled with smoke, authorities said.

He handed his young sister, Allison, to his 13-year-old sister on the ground and jumped to safety.

Michael credited his Boy Scout (search) training with helping him pick the best escape route, said Sizemore, adding that the department planned to give the boy a reward.

"He went through some flames; he got singed up pretty good," said Michael's father, Shane Wedekamm. "I'm proud of him. The boy did good."

Link Posted: 1/1/2004 1:16:07 AM EDT
That is the kind of kid that we should be getting free rifles for!.....I am a Vol. Firefighter and I would never tell anyone to do what he did, But Im damn proud that there are still Young MEN out there that will look out for someone but themself.

Damn fine job!....
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 4:02:10 AM EDT
That's outstanding.

[b]The Boy Scout Oath:[/b]
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 5:07:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
That's outstanding.

[b]The Boy Scout Oath:[/b]
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
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It IS outstanding.  Excellent.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 5:19:22 AM EDT
Good job to the young man.
And again I am amazed that the majority of people are 'anti-preparation'.  Most people 'hope' there will never be a fire, and then they 'hope' they can get out safely.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:02:37 AM EDT
I hope the BSA gives him a medal for that.  They do have special rewards for this type of thing...

Mike
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:13:07 AM EDT
Thanks for the good news.  That is one hell of a 12 yr old.


However, I am a little concerned about his mother's maternal instincts.



-HS
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