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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

11-Year Old Redwood City Boy Credited With Helping Rescue Family Members in Fire

Redwood City, CA - August 26, 2003 An 11-year-old Redwood City boy is being honored for his quick thinking and action in helping to get his grandmother and sister out of a burning building on Rolison Road in Redwood City.

When the fire took place on August 17, the boy not only evacuated his grandmother and baby sister, but also broke a window on his way out to assist in clearing smoke from the apartment. Firefighters report that his quick thinking and deliberate action prevented his grandmother and sister from sustaining any injuries. Unfortunately, he injured himself while breaking the glass to obtain a fire extinguisher. He was evaluated by fire paramedics on the scene and taken to the Stanford Hospital via ambulance for further treatment. His injuries are said to be minor.

To thank him for his good deed and fire awareness, the Redwood City Fire Department will be honoring the boy and his family on Thursday, August 28th at 1:30 PM at Fire Station 11, located at Second & Broadway in Redwood City. During a special presentation, he will be named an Honorary Firefighter of the Redwood City Fire Department. Refreshments will be served.

Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire, and upon arrival they observed smoke coming from a residence. They entered the building and found smoke coming from the kitchen area of the house, where a small fire was discovered on the stove extending into the cabinets above. The firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and checked for any further fire in the wall with their Thermal Imaging Camera, finding no further fire. The fire was contained to the kitchen area, with smoke damage throughout the apartment.

The Redwood City Fire Department has five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff. Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

Steve Krause, Battalion Chief
650) 780-7400

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