Resident honored for rescuing people from house fire - WNEM TV 5

Resident honored for rescuing people from house fire

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Local heroes at the Saginaw Fire Department received special honors on Tuesday.

However, it was more than just firefighters who were honored.

"I still get emotional thinking about it," Latisha Demery said.

July 19 could have easily been one of the worst days of her life. She almost lost five of her grandchildren in a house fire on Saginaw's west side. Thanks to her son Alex they lived.

He got everyone out of the burning home and waited on the roof until help arrived. On Tuesday he was honored at the annual Saginaw Fire Department award ceremony.

"I'm extremely proud of him and I hope the next piece of paper he brings is that degree from CMU because right now he's in school and he wasn't able to make it this morning," Demery said.

Fire officials said had it not been for his quick actions this would be a much different story.

"We were like 30 to 40 seconds from fatalities at that time. The structure had become full of smoke. We had multiple young children. We had twins at the age of 2-years-old. And at that point it was time to get everyone out of the house and he knew exactly what to do," Fire Marshal Ralph Martin said.

Martin said Alex had a plan to get everyone out alive. He reminds everyone how important it is to have a safety plan.

While not every fire can be prevented, Demery hopes people will jump into action like her son did because it could save a life.

"So I'm just saying to the citizens, do what has to be done to make it better for someone else," she said.

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