If you've ever worked in a large office building or municipal institution you've probably gone through a fire drill. A representative from the Fire Department is on hand to explain what to do and where to go and volunteers are briefed on their various roles. However, no one ever comes to your house to drill you on what to do should a fire start at home, which is why Jordan Haviland deserved the 2012 Family Hero Award he was given by the Red Cross for saving his younger sister and brother after a fire started in their kitchen.
The children were in the basement, but prevented from going upstairs by fire and smoke. Jordan realized they were trapped and ran outside and around the house to break the basement window, climb back in and hoist the children to safety.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the stairs to the basement completely burned and remarked that they never would have reached the children in time to save them.
Jordan was only 16 years old, but he had the presence of mind and wisdom to take action to save his brother and sister on that fateful day.
If you would like to learn more about what you can do to help prevent a fire in your home, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Fire Prevention Tips.
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