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20th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2014-2015)  308 heroes and counting!


  • Coleman Bowser - On Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:40 p.m., 12-year-old Coleman Bowser was at home when a medical emergency occurred. He assisted his brother during the emergency and called 9-1-1. His parents were at a PTA conference and not available by phone. Coleman remained calm until the Fire Department arrived. Captain John Ingram of the Amherst Fire Department credits Coleman’s actions and acknowledges his participation in the S.A.F.E. Program.

New Bedford

  • Ermelinda Botelho Madeira - On Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8:15 a.m., 9-year-old Ermelinda Botelho Madeira alerted her bus driver that before leaving her house she smelled gas in her home, and her mom was still inside. The bus driver called 9-1-1 and when the Fire Department arrived they found an odor of gas inside and vented the house. Captain Brian Arruda said that Ermelinda learned of the dangers of natural gas in school from her S.A.F.E. Educators. Chief Michael Gomes credits her actions as life saving.


  • Matthew Clute - On Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 8:25 a.m., 10-year-old Matthew Clute phoned 9-1-1 after his father had fallen from a ladder onto the driveway while working outside. Matthew remained calm while describing his father’s injuries to the dispatcher. Matthew was able to verbally comfort his father during the time it took for the Fire Department to arrive. Chief Jay Conte and Captain Michael Pingitore of the Paxton Fire Department are very proud of the actions that Matthew demonstrated and credits the lessons that Matthew learned through his participation in the S.A.F.E. Program. 


  • Geraldine Fleury - On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m., 13-year-old Geraldine Fleury was home when she heard a smoke alarm activate. She investigated and discovered that there was a fire in her basement. She then went to the second floor to lead her 4 younger siblings out of the house. Once outside, she called 911 to report the fire. Captain LaCivita said that Raynham S.A.F.E. Educators were teaching fire safety lessons in the schools the week before. Fire Chief Januse credits these lessons and the actions Geraldine performed as life saving.


  • Emily & Kaley O'Donnell - On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Emily and Kaley O’Donnell observed their mother experiencing a medical emergency. Both children were at home at the time of the emergency and 16-year-old Emily assisted her 13-year-old sister Kaley in calling 9-1-1 and providing the appropriate information. Police and Fire department responders arrived on scene and rendered life saving care. Chief John Workman of the Southampton Fire Department credits the sisters for saving the life of their mother and a job well done.


  • Victoria Pierro - On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4:40 a.m., 6-year-old Victoria Pierro was asleep when a fire occurred in her home. Victoria awoke to and spotted flames from her window. She quickly alerted her father, a 12 year veteran of the Swampscott Fire Department, who was asleep in the next room. She informed him of the emergency and her father was able to lead his family to safety outside of their home. Her parents called 9-1-1 from a safe location and when the fire department arrived the house was fully involved in flame. Victoria’s dad Anthony Pierro is very proud of his daughter’s actions and credits her for her presence of mind at such a young age. He went on to say that “her actions were truly life saving.” Chief Kevin Breen and Lieutenant Remo Zimbaldi are also proud of Victoria and they agree that Victoria’s actions were life saving.


19th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2013-2014)  291 heroes and counting!
(6 Young Heroes in FY 2014) 


  • Gwenevere Niedbalski - On Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:00 p.m., 11-year-old Gwenevere Niedbalski observed that her neighbor’s house was on fire. She informed her grandmother and asked her to call 9-1-1. The neighbors were asleep at the time of the incident and had it not been for Gwenevere’s keen observance her neighbors might have been at greater risk. Chief Ted Joubert credits Gwenevere for her sense of awareness and the lessons that she learned in school by the North Attleboro S.A.F.E. Educators. Ceremony in June.


  • Anthony and Kaiden Cianci - On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:14 a.m., 11-year-old Anthony Cianci and his 8-year-old brother Kaiden Cianci assisted their mother during a medical emergency at their home. As Anthony began to care for his mother and 1-year-old brother, Kaiden called 9-1-1 and remained calm, informed the dispatcher of the nature of the problem, his home address and stayed on the phone until the first EMT arrived. S.A.F.E. Educator Susan Daly of the Groton Fire Department credits their actions as heroic and she went on to say how extraordinary that Kaiden knew his address because the family just recently moved into their new home.


  • Rachel Heil - On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:37 a.m., 16-year-old Rachel Heil and her family were home when they noticed smoke coming from the floor below. Rachel quickly got her younger siblings out of the house and phoned 9-1-1. Rachel then called a family friend who came to the house and kept them safe until their mother could get home. The fire department arrived and put the fire out. Chief Michael Smith and Deputy Kenneth Gilbert of the Heath Fire Department credit Rachel for her acute sense of awareness, quick thinking and bravery. 


  • William Vargo - On Monday, April 21, 2014, 12-year-old William Vargo and his 9-year-old sister Victoria were visiting their grandmother during school vacation.  During their visit his grandmother experienced a medical emergency.  Going against the advice of his grandmother William phoned 9-1-1, remained calm and spoke with the dispatcher. He stayed at his grandmother’s side until the ambulance arrived.  William credits his actions to the training that he received from the Leominster Youth Fire and Police Academy.


  • Coleman Jenkins - On April 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. while attending school 11-year-old Coleman Jenkins was in the cafeteria when he noticed a schoolmate experiencing a medical emergency.  Coleman quickly went into action and successfully assisted the student by performing abdominal thrusts.  Chief James Boldrighini and S.A.F.E. Educator Eric Blanchette of the Mansfield Fire Department credit Coleman’s actions as life saving.

New Bedford

  • Jayden Burgo - In the early morning of Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9-year-old Jayden Burgo awoke to the sound of a smoke alarm. Jayden investigated and found a fire in his brother’s bedroom. He woke his parents and called 9-1-1. He calmly spoke with the dispatcher and informed them that his mother and brother were trapped by fire. The fire department responded and successfully rescued his family members. Chief Michael Gomes of the New Bedford Fire Department credits Jayden’s actions as life saving, heroic and also credits him for the S.A.F.E. Program lessons that he learned in school. 

North Adams

  • Alexis Benoit - On Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., 6-year-old Alexis Benoit was playing a game on her computer in the dining room, she was patiently awaiting her supper made by her grandmother. Her grandmother left the kitchen and moments later she heard a sound like a crackling noise. When she opened the kitchen door she discovered a fire on the stove. Alexis warned her grandmother of the fire and then instructed her to get out. Both Alexis and grandmother exited the house and phoned 9-1-1 for help. Fire Director Stephen Meranti and Firefighter John Marlowe of the North Adams Fire Department credit Alexis for her actions and the lessons that she learned in school from the North Adams S.A.F.E. Educators.

North Reading

  • Mollie Adams - On Saturday, October 13, 2013 at 12:30 p.m., 9-year-old Mollie Adams was at home when a flash fire in an oil filled pan caused the sprinkler system in her apartment to activate. Mollie met with the fire department in the front of her building and directed them to the fire on the third floor apartment allowing for a quick investigation and shut down of the sprinkler system thereby reducing damage. Deputy Chief Barry Galvin credits Molly for her actions and the lessons that she learned in school by the North Reading S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Avery and Chase Harris - On Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., 2 ½-year-old Avery Harris saw a fire on her porch and told her mother.  Avery’s mother attempted to extinguish the fire, became frantic and didn’t know what to do when her 4-year-old son Chase Harris told her to call 9-1-1.  The fire department responded and extinguished the fire.  Chief Bradley Weber and Fire fighter Dan Dean, S.A.F.E. Educator for the department both agree that Avery and Chase saved their home from further damage and prevented a loss of life or injuries.  


  • Ryan Richard - On Sunday evening, December 8, 2013, 10-year-old Ryan Richard witnessed a medical emergency, notified his mother and then called 9-1-1. Lieutenant John Ferrick of the Waltham Fire Department credits Ryan’ with acting on the lessons he learned in school from the Waltham S.A.F.E. Educators and successfully alerting medical responders.


18th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2012-2013)
(11 Young Heroes in FY 2013) 


  • Henrique Monteiro - On Sunday, June 9, 2013, 11-year-old Henrique Monteiro’s mother was experiencing a medical emergency. Henrique remained calm, assisted his mother, called 9-1-1 and relayed important information to the operator. Lieutenant Robert Hendrigan of the Brockton Fire Department credits Henrique for his actions as well as the lessons that he learned at the Brookfield School from the Brockton S.A.F.E. Educators. 


  • Ari Aviksis - In the early morning of Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12-year-old Ari Aviksis woke to the sound of smoke detectors in the common area outside of his apartment. Ari remained calm and alerted his family. While alerting family he also discovered a fire in their apartment and a heavy smoke condition in the front stairway. The family was able to safely exit to the outside through the back door of the apartment. Chief Paul Ford of the Brookline Fire Department credits Ari for his actions and for the lessons that he learned in school from the Brookline S.A.F.E. Educators. 
  • Myles Underwood - On Monday, July 9, 2012, 12-year-old Myles Underwood was in his home when he smelled smoke. His mother put two pizza boxes in the oven on warm just before she left to pick up Myles’ sister. Myles acted quickly, turned the oven off, phoned his mother and got the two family pets out of the house to safety. He waited patiently until the Brookline Fire Department arrived on the scene. Chief Paul Ford of the Brookline Fire Department credits Myles for his actions and for the lessons that he learned in school from the Brookline S.A.F.E. Educators. 


  • Patrick Canney - On Saturday, September 8, 2012, 12-year old Patrick Canney was riding in the family car with his father and younger sister when his father experienced a medical emergency and became unconscious. Patrick had the presence of mind to take control of the steering wheel and pull the car over to the side of the highway. He applied the brake to stop the vehicle and put the car in park and assisted younger his sister to a safe location behind the guardrail. Patrick used a cell phone to call 9-1-1 and remained calm while speaking with the operator. Dracut Chief David Brouillette credits Patrick for his ability to react calmly and think clearly during an emergency situation.


  • Skye Cordeiro - On Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., 9 year-old Skye Cordeiro was with her mother and their horse in the paddock when the horse kicked, striking her mother and causing a medical emergency. Skye was able to separate the horse from her mom, lead the animal to its stable and return to provide medical care. While assisting her mother Skye had the presence of mind to call 9-1-1 and to provide the necessary information to the dispatcher. Skye remained attended to her mother’s injury until the arrival of the fire department. Lieutenant Tim Collins of the Lakeville Fire Department credits her actions as life saving. 


  • David Martin IV - On February 27, 2013 at 8:28 p.m., David Martin was home with his mother when he heard her fall and found her on the kitchen floor. David stayed calm and dialed 9-1-1 instead of calling his father who was on duty as a Firefighter/EMT for the Monson Fire Department. David stayed calm on the phone answering all of the dispatcher’s questions and provided valuable life saving information. He stood by his mother’s side, and then when EMT’s arrived, he helped them gather important information. Young David had learned about calling 9-1-1 for medical emergencies during his S.A.F.E class that is taught each year in the Monson Elementary school. David Martin’s actions truly made a difference in saving his mother’s life. 


  • Mike Scarto and Shanyse Reed - On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 7:40 p.m., 3-year old Mike Scarto noticed smoke coming from the fan in the second floor bathroom. He showed 9-year-old Shanyse Reed who then informed her mother. The mother used her fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire. Because of their awareness of fire education Shanyse knew to alert her mom and as a result their family was able to remain in their home. 


  • Celia & Alana Mimms - On the evening of November 30, 2012, 9-year old Celia and her 11-year old sister Alana stayed calm and called 9-1-1 when their grandmother was having chest pain. Their grandmother’s past medical issues had left her unable to speak, so they kept her calm and were still able to give all the information requested by the dispatcher. When EMS arrived they gave crucial information to the EMS crew. When their grandmother arrived at the hospital the physician had stated that she was in the early stages of a serious medical problem, and that due the children’s quick action she would be ok. After treatment their grandmother is now back at home. Firefighter Dan Dean credits their quick action and ability to stay calm in saving her life.


  • Alexis Sherwin - On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 3:30 a.m., 14-year-old Alexis Sherwin awoke from sleep by the sound of smoke detectors in her home. The smoke detectors were activated by smoke from a fire in the garage that was attached to her home. Alexis went to her younger sister’s room, wrapped her in a blanket, and carried her down the stairs and out of their home to the meeting spot outside. Fire fighter Bonnie Lopez, S.A.F.E. Educator on the Upton Fire Department credits Alexi’s actions as heroic and a credit to the lessons that she learned in school from Upton’s S.A.F.E. Educators.



17th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2011-2012) 278 heroes and counting! (11 Young Heroes in FY 2012)


  • George Hamilton - On Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. 13-year-old George Hamilton and his mother Claire were watching television together when suddenly she experienced a medical emergency. George quickly recognized that his mother was in trouble and began to provide life saving care. During the performance of care he had the presence of mind to phone 9-1-1 and provided information to the dispatcher. He stayed on the line, listened to the dispatcher’s instructions and continued with care until help arrived. Chief Timothy Nelson of the Amherst Fire Department credits George with saving his mother’s life.


  • Alicia McCartin - On Monday, August 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Alicia McCartin noticed smoke coming from her neighbor’s house. After investigating further, she realized that her neighbor’s house was on fire and she immediately called 9-1-1 and calmly spoke with the dispatcher. Alicia knew that her neighbors were away for the day and after speaking with the operator she phoned them to inform them of the emergency. Chief Michael Curran of the Chelmsford Fire Department credits Alicia’s actions to the lessons that she learned in school by his Fire Department S.A.F.E. Educators.

East Longmeadow/Springfield

  • Deuz Guzman - On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:45 a.m. Deuz Guzman woke his family after noticing that the porch of their home was on fire. All family members were able to exit the house safely. Deuz lives in Springfield but he attends the Meadowbrook School in East Longmeadow as a kindergarten student. Chief Richard Brady credits his life saving actions to the fire and life safety lessons that he learned in school by the East Longmeadow Fire Department S.A.F.E. Educators.

North Reading

  • Valerie Stebbins - On the evening of Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:40 p.m. Valerie Stebbins sustained an injury while baby-sitting her two younger siblings. While in pain from her injury she was able to calm the other children and call 9-1-1. She spoke with the dispatcher and provided the necessary information that was required. Captain Barry Galvin of the N. Reading Fire Department credits her actions to the lessons that she learned through the S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Michael and Arthur Trembly - On Friday, February 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Michael and Arthur Trembly heard a loud banging noise coming from the second floor of their home. When the babysitter and the children investigated they noticed that the there was a fire in the second floor bathroom and the ceiling fan had fallen to floor. Both children instructed the babysitter to shut the bathroom door to contain the fire and then exited the house safely. The children reside in a duplex and before gathering at the meeting place they had the presence of mind to notify the their next door neighbor by banging loudly on her door. When she answered the children informed her of the emergency and assisted her to safety. Michael and Arthur recently moved to Oxford from Worcester and Chief Sheri Bemis of the Oxford Fire Department credits their actions to the fire and life education that they received from the Worcester Fire Department.


  • Demetrious Faust - On the morning of Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 4:00 a.m. Demetrious Faust was awakened by smoke alarms that were sounding in his home. As he awoke he began to smell smoke and immediately he started to alert the other occupants. While assisting others, he told them upon their exit to gather with their families at their meeting place. Demetrious is credited with helping nine people escape from the burning two-family house. Captain Mike Richard of the Springfield Fire Department credits 13-year old Demetrious Faust’s life saving actions to the fire and life safety lessons and training that he received in school by the Springfield FD S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Julia Silver and Jessica Esposito - On Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. Julia Silver and Jessica Esposito were baby-sitting two 18 month-old siblings when they noticed an odor of smoke. Julia thought that the odor was coming from a nearby campfire and after they shut the outside doors to the house Julia saw smoke in the living room. After investigating further they noticed that a curtain had blown onto a wall lamp and caught fire. Julia and Jessica woke the sleeping children, exited the house and once outside they called 9-1-1. A few minutes later the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. Captain Jen Collins-Brown of the Topsfield Fire Department credits Julia and Jessica for their quick actions and went on to say that they knew what to do in this type of emergency because of the training they received in grades K-6 by the S.A.F.E. program.


  • Meghan Ferrarini - On Monday, December 26, 2011 at 4:00 a.m. Meghan Ferrarini was sleeping at her uncle’s house when the neighbor’s house caught fire and quickly spread to where she was staying. Meghan knew what to do in an emergency because of the life safety lessons that she learned in school by the S.A.F.E. Educators from the Westport Fire Department.


  • Gianna Peters - Five year-old Gianna saw a lighter on the ground, refused to touch it and informed her mother that it was unsafe and needed to be removed by an adult. Lt. Annmarie Pickett of the Worcester Fire Department congratulates Gianna for demonstrating the proper match and lighter safety skills that she was taught in school by the Worcester Fire S.A.F.E. Educator.



16th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2010-2011) (17 Young Heroes in FY 2011)


  • Lillian Beal - On the morning of Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Lillian Beal’s father was ice-skating when he fell and injured his ankle. Lillian assisted her father and calmly re-assured her younger sister who was present that dad would be fine. She called 9-1-1 and provided important information to the dispatcher. After phoning for help, she called her mother at work. Lillian is 10 years old and attends the Wild Wood School as a fifth grade student. Captain Ingram of the Amherst Fire Department credits her for coming to the aid of her father and states that she received her training in school by S.A.F.E. educators from the Amherst Fire Department.


  • Nathan Yassen - During the night of Friday, January 28, 2011 19-year old Nathan Yassen was taking out the trash when he noticed his 97-year old neighbor’s house on fire. Nathan ran back in to his house, told his mother to call 9-1-1, grabbed a fire extinguisher and went over to the neighbor’s house. There he tried breaking two windows before kicking in the back door and finding his neighbor in her bedroom, and convinced her to leave her house. Both Nathan and the victim were taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center and are doing fine. Nathan is a senior at Brockton High School and received his S.A.F.E. training by the Brockton Fire Department.
  • Nolan Richard Wood - On March 22, 2011, Nolan Wood’s grandmother fainted during a medical and was non responsive when she regained consciousness. Eight-year old Noland calmly called for help by dialing 9-1-1 just as he had learned in the S.A.F.E. Program in his third grade class at the Hancock Elementary School by the Brockton Fire Department.


  • Madeleine Babcock - On Monday, January 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. 7-year-old Madeleine Babcock was playing in her home when she smelled smoke. Madeleine has diminished sight and she immediately went into the next room to tell her mother. Her mother investigated and thought that it smelled like soot from the fireplace. Madeleine was very persistent and she directed her mother to the area where the odor was the strongest. Madeleine’s mother realized that there was a distinct smell of smoke and noticed it was coming form a light fixture on the wall. A curtain was resting against the light fixture, heat caused a hole to be burnt through the shade covering the light and the curtain was starting to burn. Ashley’s mom was able to quickly put out the fire before it spread. Ashley’s parents credit her brave actions to the fire and life safety lessons that she learned in school by the S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna Anderson - On Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna Anderson helped to save the lives of three people during an early morning fire in a multiple family home in Mattapan. Both sisters spotted the fire and smoke and they are credited with saving the lives of the many occupants by knocking on doors and awakening them. One resident needed to be assisted to safety.

East Longmeadow

  • Ashley Dowd - On Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 5:45 p.m.13-year-old Ashley Dowd was in her home when a fire started in the kitchen. Ashley’s mother unknowingly knocked over a candle onto the stove while cooking and the candle ignited and caused smoke and flames to appear. Ashley quickly dialed 9-1-1 and handed the phone to her mother then calmly gathered the other three children and their pet dog and went outside to the meeting place. While outside waiting for the fire departments arrival she repeatedly yelled to her mother to leave the house. Ashley’s dad is a fire fighter on the East Longmeadow Fire Department; he happened to be working that evening in the dispatch center and answered the 9-1-1 call. No one was hurt and minor damage resulted from the fire due to Ashley’s actions and the quick response by the fire department. Ashley’s Dad and the Fire Chief credit her actions to the fire and life safety lessons that she learned in school by the S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Jake Richards - On July 21, 2010 at 9:03 p.m. 5-year old Jake Richards was watching television with his father. Jake’s mother was in the kitchen and his brother was upstairs with a friend. Jake got up to use the bathroom and said he could smell smoke. Initially his parents thought it was just from the cooking. Jake insisted he smelled smoke and could hear something in the garage. Jake’s father opened the door to the garage and saw flames. As the home smoke alarms sounded, Jake remained calm. His mother called 9-1-1 to report the fire and Jake helped his brother and friend out of the house. Jake knew what to do and how to react during a fire thanks to the training he received in Kindergarten at the Perley School from the Georgetown Fire Department’s S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Caroline Nickerson - On Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:40 p.m. 11-year old Caroline Nickerson was home alone when a fire started in her kitchen. She smelled smoke while in her bedroom on the second floor and investigated when the smoke detectors alerted her. After locating the fire she retrieved the family pet and quickly exited her home. Caroline called 9-1-1 from a safe location and while speaking with the dispatcher, she remained calm and provided a detailed description of the emergency. Caroline knew what to do because of the training that she received in school by the Mansfield Fire Department. Lieutenant Marc Goyette credits her fast actions in reporting the fire for minimizing damage to her home.  


  • Dakota Ribeiro - On the evening of October 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 14 year-old Dakota Ribeiro was in her bedroom when she smelled smoke. She immediately told her mother and upon further investigation they both noticed an electrical odor and smoke in the basement. Acting fast, Dakota shut down the main electrical breaker. Realizing that her house phone was now without power she called for help by activating her grandmother’s medical alert button and then with the assistance of her parents she guided her family outside to safety. Dakota knew what to do because of the training that she received in school by the Rehoboth Fire Department’s S.A.F.E. program.


  • Julia Vajao - On Tuesday January 4, 2011 at approximately 12:55 p.m. 5-year-old Julia Vajao recognized that her grandmother was in need of medical assistance. She calmly phoned 9-1-1 and with the aid of the dispatcher Julia was able to provide vital information about the medical emergency. Fire and Police units responded to the scene, rendered care and transported her grandmother to the Hospital where she is expected to make a full recovery. Julia is a pre-school student at the Kiddie Koop Pre-School in Revere and her parents credit her life saving actions to lessons that she learned in school by the Revere Fire Department’s S.A.F.E. Program, their 9-1-1 simulator and “Sparky the Fire Dog”.


  • Kaleigh Kosta - On the evening of January 3, 2011, Kaleigh Kosta was awakened by her parents because the smoke alarms in the third floor apartment of their building were sounding. She heard the smoke alarms and informed her mother to call 9-1-1. While exiting the apartment she reminded her mom that they all needed to go to the “meeting place” that they had made as part of learning EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home). Kylie knew not to panic, that it was important to call 9-1-1, to get out of the house and make sure that they went to the meeting place outside of the house from the S.A.F.E. Program class at the Brown Elementary School with the Somerville Fire Department.

South Hadley, FD #1

  • Chad McKenna - On Wednesday December 29, 2010 14-year-old Chad McKenna recognized that his friend was choking on a piece of candy and in need of assistance. Remembering the skills that he learned in health class he calmly performed abdominal thrusts and was successful in dislodging the object. Chad is a middle school student at the Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley (FD#2) and the Fire Department wishes to honor him for his actions that helped to save the life of his friend.


  • Kylie Grebinar - On Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at approximately 1:00 p.m., 7-year-old Kylie Grebinar saw something floating in the pool and after investigating she realized that it was her 2½ year-old sister Peyton. Kylie immediately told her mother who then dove into the pool. While her mother was busy attending to her sister, Kylie phoned 9-1-1 and calmly provide vital information about the medical emergency. Fire and Police units responded to the scene, rendered care and transported her sister to the Hospital where she was released the next day. Kylie is a recent graduate of the 1st grade at the Houghton Elementary School in Sterling and Chief David Hurlbut of the Sterling Fire Department credits her life saving actions to lessons that she learned in school by the department’s S.A.F.E. educators.


  • Carolyn Castellano - On the evening of August 20, 2010 at 6:45 p.m. 13 year-old Carolyn Castellano was home alone when her mother phoned and asked her to turn on the top burner of the stove to start supper. After turning on the stove she went upstairs. A clothes iron cord lying across the rear of the stove caught on fire and spread to the food in the pan. The fire began to extend up into the microwave and cabinets when Carolyn’s mother noticed it upon her return home. Her mother shouted for help and Carolyn remembered her training that she received in school from the Wakefield Fire Department and dialed 9-1-1. While Carolyn was phoning for help her mother was attempting to put the fire out. When the dispatcher answered Carolyn calmly informed him of her name, address and nature of the emergency. She listened carefully to the dispatcher’s instructions, hung up and left her home as directed. The Wakefield Fire Department arrived on scene moments after the call. Carolyn’s actions resulted in a quick extinguishment of the fire.
  • Sabatino Rossetti - On Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., 8 year-old Sabatino Rossetti was helping his mother in the kitchen when he noticed that the oven was on fire. He immediately told his mother about the fire then he ran and opened the basement door to warn his father. The buildup of smoke activated the detector near the kitchen. Sabatino stayed calm and went to the garage to get the fire extinguisher. He returned to the kitchen and handed the extinguisher to his father Rick who used it to put out the fire. Sabatino lives in Wakefield and he attends the Our Lady of Assumption School in Lynnfield. Chief Michael Sullivan credits the Lynnfield Fire Department and their S.A.F.E. Program for Sabatino’s training.


  • Katelyn Mahannah - On the morning of September 23, 2010, 8-year old Katelyn Mahannah recognized that her mother was in needed help during a medical emergency. She calmly phoned 9-1-1 and informed the dispatcher of her location and the nature of the emergency. She assisted her mother, locked up the family pet and met with rescuers at the front door upon their arrival. Katelyn is a third grade student at the Station Avenue Elementary School and Fire Chief Walker credits her actions as a model for others phoning 9-1-1 in an emergency. He also credits her for saving her mothers life.


15 th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2009-2010) (19 Young Heroes in FY'10)


  • Krista Svenningsen - On October 4, 2009 at 8:10 a.m. smoke detectors were sounding in the home of Krista Svenningsen. Krista's mother was cooking with oil when the rug in the kitchen caught fire. The mother and children all knew to go to their meeting place and Krista called 9-1-1 from a neighbor's phone. Krista knew what to do and how to react during a fire thanks to the training she received in the 4 th grade at the Eddy Elementary School by the Brewster Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Kaitlyn Alves - On January 24, 2010, Kaitlyn was driving past the Framingham Co-Operative Bank with her parents when she spotted flames inside the building. Kaitlyn alerted her father, who called 9-1-1. This 9-year-old girl is being credited with helping to avert a major fire by noticing the beginnings of the blaze and pointing it out to her parents.


  • ¨Jordan, Shaelyn, and Meagan Sweenie - On the morning of July 2, 2009, the 8-year-old triplets smelled smoke in the house and alerted their parents that it was coming from the basement. There was an electrical fire in the basement and the smoke detectors never activated. As they had been taught in their S.A.F.E. class at the Florence Roche Elementary School by the Groton firefighters, the girls quickly got out of the house and stayed out. They did not stop to grab belongings. When the parents reentered the house to investigate, the girls reminded them that the firefighters say, "Get Out and Stay Out!" No one was injured in the incident.


  • Christian Silva - On Monday, February 1, 2010, 6-year old Christian Silva's mother suffered a medical emergency and her son called for help. Christian phoned 9-1-1, spoke clearly, stayed calm, gave the correct address, and waited for the arrival of the fire department and EMS personnel. During the emergency, Christian had the presence of mind to secure the family dog in its crate and met the fire department at the front door upon their arrival. Christian learned about 9-1-1 at home from his parents and the Hanson S.A.F.E. program reinforced his learning in school. When it counted, he put his knowledge and skills to use and his actions resulted in a very quick response by the fire department to help his mom.


  • Drew Romanski - In the early morning of June 21, 2010 at approximately 5:56 a.m., 12-year old Drew Romanski's father laid unconscious on the kitchen floor of his home. Jennifer Romanski stated that her son Drew has autism and he usually wakes up around 6:00 a.m. and comes into the bedroom to cuddle. Drew has a very quiet and low key demeanor, but on this day, for some reason Drew woke up, went downstairs into the kitchen and discovered his father unconscious. He immediately went upstairs to notify his mother. She was in such a sound sleep; Drew needed to be forceful to wake her and to inform her that something was wrong with "dad". Because Drew was able to step outside of his usual comfort zone he proved to be the key person responsible for saving his father's life.


  • Dylan Badger - At midnight on August 18, 2009, 16-year old Dylan Badger arrived from the airport at his dad's home. Both of them smelled smoke shortly afterwards. Dylan's dad observed heavy smoke coming from the rear of a neighbor's house. Dylan followed his father's instructions and went outside and discovered that the house was on fire. Dylan called his dad on the cell phone and attempted to alert the occupants inside by ringing the doorbell and pounding on the outside door. Both Dylan and his dad called 9-1-1. Dylan found a garden hose at the side of the house and succeeded in putting out the fire before the Lynn Fire Department arrived.

North Reading

  • Kristen R. Galvin - On April 25, 2010 at 9:50 a.m. 4-year old Kristen Galvin was eating her breakfast when she spotted a large fire through the woods on the next street over. She quietly went and told her father that she needed to show him something important. Kristen's father is a captain on the North Reading Fire Department. Kristen pointed in the direction of the fire, Captain Galvin witnessed flames approximately thirty feet in height and not knowing whether there was a house or car fire in progress quickly dialed 9-1-1. He investigated further and found a large pile of brush on fire in the driveway approximately twenty-five feet from a house. The radiant heat from the fire was so intense that it melted the headlights and car cover of two vehicles parked in the driveway. Kristen's actions resulted in a quick response by the fire department and the fire was extinguished before it could cause any further damage.


  • Ian Marron - On the morning of February 14, 2010 at 4:30 am, 9-year-old Ian Marron awoke to the sound of smoke alarms going off in his manufactured home. He immediately realized that there was a fire in his house and without hesitation Ian ran to awaken family members, one of whom has a hearing impairment. After waking everyone Ian remembered from his S.A.F.E. education in school and at community events to go directly to his family meeting place in front of the house. Ian also remembered from his training not to return to a burning building which was a hard desire to fight because he wanted to save his beloved dog DJ, who perished in the fire. During the fire, a neighbor who witnessed the emergency called 9-1-1.


  • Tommy Frohlichstein - On the evening of January 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 6-year old Tommy Frohlichstein's mother was dealing with a smoke condition in their house caused when she started a fire in the fireplace and the damper was accidentally left in the closed position. She told him to call for help. Tommy called the seven-digit emergency number for the fire department and reported that smoke alarms were going off and there was smoke in the house. He spoke clearly, stayed calm, gave the correct address, and waited for instructions from the dispatcher. After receiving instructions, he promptly went outside with his 4 th grade sister. Tommy's quick actions resulted in a very quick response by the fire department.
  • Mila Frohlichstein - On the evening of January 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 10-year old Mila Frohlichstein's mother was dealing with a smoke condition in their house caused when she started a fire in the fireplace and the damper was accidentally left in the closed position. Mila stayed calm, observed her brother correctly report the emergency and immediately assisted her younger brother and mother in exiting their home together to the meeting place .
  • Alec Simcox, Brandon Barnes, John Andrews, Justin Swarez, Danielle Benedetto, Cheyenne Chavers, Morgan Chavers - On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 12-yearold Domenic Bruno was injured and in need of immediate assistance. His friend's rushed to his side and rendered care. Together they provided direct pressure to stop the bleeding, wound care, phoned 9-1-1, and calm reassurance. One friend ran to alert a Police Officer who was on detail up the street from the incident. The Officer rendered first aid and used his radio to request a medical response by the Fire Department and ALS. Thanks to the quick actions and coordinated efforts of all parties involved Dominic received the proper care and assistance when it counted.


  • One July morning after a Weymouth block party where fireworks had been used, a group of four 8 to 12 year old boys found a pack of unused fireworks. Resisting temptation was great for this group of boys, but they did not touch the fireworks; they simply went and told an adult what they had found. This incident could have turned tragic, but it didn't.


  • Michael Farnham - On the evening of January 21, 2010, 14-year-old Michael Farnham phoned 9-1-1 after a serious medical emergency occurred at his home involving his 3-year-old sister. Michael remained calm; his sister could be heard crying in the background as he described the emergency in detail to the operator and gave her emergency care while awaiting the arrival of the fire department and EMS personnel. Michael's parents credit his actions to first aid lessons he learned in school from the Wilbraham Fire S.A.F.E. Program and reinforcement of those skills at home.

14th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2008-2009) (5 Heroes in FY'09)


  • Jack Gilbride - On May 24, 2009 around 1:00 a.m., Jack Gilbride, a seven-year-old boy, woke up to an activated smoke detector and rushed downstairs to wake up his 76-year old grandfather, a Korean War veteran who is legally blind and his uncle during a house fire in their home. Thanks to Jack everyone got out of the house safely.


  • Meaghan Steck - On August 14, 2008 at 7:34 p.m., Meaghan Steck, an eight-year-old girl, noticed that her father was choking on some food and was unable to talk or breathe. Meaghan was able to stay calm and call 9-1-1. The food was dislodged before the fire departments arrival. Dad is doing fine and is very proud of his daughter. Meaghan received her S.A.F.E. education in the 2 nd grade of the H. Olive Day School.


  • Joshua Leclerc - On February 27, 2009, at 7:59 p.m. 7-year old, Joshua Leclerc suddenly heard his father calling for help. Joshua's dad was outside in the yard riding an all-terrain vehicle. The ATV had flipped over onto Mr. Leclerc, badly injuring him. Upon hearing his father's scream for help, Joshua immediately dialed 9-1-1 and calmly described his father's injuries to the dispatcher. Joshua's actions were instrumental in getting prompt medical assistance and care for his injured father. Joshua remained calm and knew how to react thanks to the fire and life safety education he received as a 1 st grader at the Jackson Elementary School from the Plainville Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • William Henry Thomas - On July 12, 2008 at 3:31pm an elderly female had fallen outside her residence while walking. William witnessed the female fall and immediately went to her aid. Noticing that she had received a head injury, William proceeded to go inside and advise his mother to call 911. He then got a facecloth, wet it, and returned to the female's side to render care until help arrived. William received his SAFE training at Granite Valley Middle School where he is in the 6 th grade.


  • Tyler Healy - On June 22, 2009 around 1p.m. Tyler's mom was choking and Tyler administered the Heimlich Maneuver successfully. Mom is doing fine is very proud of her son. Tyler remained calm and knew how to react thanks to the fire and life safety education he received as a 1 st grader at the Thomas W. Hamilton Primary School from the Weymouth Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


13th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2007-2008) (9 Heroes in FY'08)
226 heroes and counting!!!


  • Nicholas Falcone - On March 2, 2008, at approximately 1:00pm, 6-year-old Nicholas came to the rescue of his 4-year-old sister, Mia, after she began choking on a jawbreaker and could not breathe. Nicholas called for his mother to come quick but before his mother could get there Nicholas began to perform the Heimlich maneuver and successfully dislodged the jawbreaker. Mrs. Falcone taught Nicholas the Heimlich maneuver last year and was proud that her son remembered the instructions and performed the Heimlich maneuver to save his sister's life.


  • Scott Hunt Jr. - On Wednesday June 4, 2008 at approximately 3:00 a.m., 17-year-old Scott saw fire from his bathroom window. Scott ran over to his neighbor's house to alert the occupant that the house was on fire. Scott continued to bang on door until the occupant awoke and evacuated the home. Moments later a propane tank exploded leveling the home. Scott received his SAFE training at Silver Lake Regional High School where he is in the 10 th grade.


  • Andrew Ducharme - On January 25, 2008 at 5:00pm, 9-year old Andrew Ducharmae was at home with his mother and 5-year old brother Kyle when their mom had a seizure and was unconscious on the floor. Andrew called 9-1-1 to get medical help for his mother who has a history of a brain bleed. Andrew received his SAFE education at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School from the Mansfield Fire Department in March 2007
  • Paige Prevett - On November 10, 2007, at 2:50am., 10-year old Paige Prevett's mother called 9-1-1 reporting that she was feeling some unexplained dizziness. Soon after Mrs. Prevett called for help she was no longer able to speak to the dispatcher. Paige then calmly got on the phone and gave the dispatcher the location of their home as well as updates on her mother's status. Paige remained calm both while on the phone with the dispatcher and while responders were at the home attending to her mother. Paige received her SAFE education through the Mansfield Fire Department at the Jordan/Jackson School.


  • Jack Gilbert - On the evening of October 3, 2007, 4-year old Jack was at home with his family when smoke began pouring into his home from the family's wood burning stove. Jack remained calm and led his family outside to their meeting place from where his parents called 9-1-1. Earlier that same day, Jack's pre-school class had learned about fire safety from the Merrimac Fire Department, along with the help of Jake the Fire Safety Dog, as part of the fire and life safety program. It had covered, "Get Out and Stay Out."
  • Kayley Judson - On August 15, 2007 at 11:46 a.m., 6-year old Kayley Judson was at home when she discovered that her 2-year old brother had accidentally turned on a stove burner that ignited a cloth rag. Kayley immediately told her mother that she was taking her brother and 4-month old sister out of the house and to their family's meeting place. Meanwhile, Kalyey's mother turned off the stove burner, evacuated the house, and called 9-1-1. Kayley and her family were waiting safely outside their house when the Merrimac Fire Department arrived at their home. Kayley learned her S.A.F.E. education the year before at Merrimac's 2006 Fire Department Open House during Fire Prevention Week as well as through the Sweetsir Elementary School's Fire Prevention Month activities.


North Reading

  • Kiernan Schulz - Four-year old Kiernan Schulz was listening when the North Reading Police Department came to the Hilltop Nursery School around Halloween to explain calling 9-1-1 to get help in an emergency. On November 28, 2007 he noticed a fire in the oven and told his mother to call 9-1-1 right away, which she did.


  • Matthew Gimlewicz - On the evening of November 8, 2007, 10-year old Matthew Gimlewicz was at home with his mother when an unattended pot on the stove caught fire. While Matthew's mother attempted to extinguish the blaze with a sink hose, Matthew ran out of the house and dialed 9-1-1 from a neighbor's home. Capt. Steven Pealsee of the Pittsfield Fire Department applauded Matthew's "calm and controlled" emergency call. "I credit that child with acting responsibly and maturely," Capt. Pealsee said, "He should be commended.".


  • Dina Allard - On Saturday April 19, 2008, the Princeton fire department responded to a call for a reported permit fire that was out of control and in the woods. The fire did extend into the woods and was extinguished. Dina Allard was a 2 nd grader at the Thomas Prince Elementary School and had a SAFE class the week before. Dina noticed the fire and called 911, giving the dispatcher her name, address and the report of fire.


12th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2006-2007)


  • Tyler McHenry - On March 30, 2007 at 4:19 p.m. Tyler McHenry, a 4 th grader at Centerville Elementary School, was at home with his father who suddenly became dizzy, passed out and struck his head on a piece of furniture. Tyler remained calm and recalled the lessons he had received in school, as a first grade student, from the Centerville-Osterville Marstons Mills Fire Department S.A.F.E. Program. Tyler quickly dialed 9-1-1 to summon medical help for his father. He remained with his injured father until the arrival of emergency responders. Tyler's actions were responsible for his father's prompt treatment and speedy recovery.


  • Jared Mc Closkey - On November 1, 2006 at 3 a.m. 12-year old Jared was awaken by the family dog. As he exited his bedroom the smoke alarms had just begun to sound and he noticed flames on the rear porch outside the kitchen with smoke in the house. He immediately woke his 2-year old brother Alexander and his 1-year old sister Amber, wrapped them in blankets and led them safely out of the house. He then woke his parents and advised them that the house was on fire and insured their exit from the house. As they were leaving, Jared ran upstairs to waken his Uncle Jon Barto, his wife Beth and their two children, 3-year Megan and 8-month old Abigail. Jared's father was able to extinguish the porch fire with a garden hose prior to the fire department's arrival. Jared received his S.A.F.E. Education in the first grade and credits it with teaching him to respond correctly to the fire emergency that saved nine people including himself.


  • Lauren Melton and Kelsey Attaya - On October 10, 2006 9-year old Lauren Melton and 10-year old Kelsey Attaya got off the bus together and heard a strange noise. They quickly realized it was a smoke alarm coming from a neighbor's house and saw smoke coming from a second floor window and noticed there were no cars in the driveway. They consciously split up and each called 9-1-1 from her own house to report the fire. They waited in front of the house to guide responding firefighters and alert them that the family dog was possibly trapped inside. The firefighters rescued the dog that stayed with the girls until the neighbors came home. Firefighters credit the girls' actions with allowing them to quickly confine and contain the fire reducing the damage to the home and for saving the dog. Both girls credit the Mansfield S.A.F.E. Program for teaching them what to do in a fire emergency.


  • 6-year old Boy - On December 21, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. a 6-year old boy called 9-1-1 to report a medical emergency saving an adult family member's life. He had received fire and life safety education from his parents and through the S.A.F.E. Program the year before in Kindergarten.


11th Year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2005-2006)


  • Anthony Manupelli - About 10:30 Christmas morning (December 25, 2005), the Manupelli family was opening gifts at the home of grandparents Bob and Marie Kendrigran in Hanson. Five -year old Anthony Manupelli wandered into the dining room and noticed that the centerpiece on the dining room table had ignited from a candle that had been left burning. Anthony immediately raced back into the family room to alert everyone. The grandfather, a retired firefighter, put out the fire before it spread. The entire family is convinced that Anthony's quick reporting of the fire to an adult saved the home and their holiday. Anthony proceeded to critique the adults' handling of the incident, reminding them that they should have all left the house and called 9-1-1 from outside. He received fire safety education at his pre-school from the Abington Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program


  • Anthony DeMarco - On July 7, 2005, 3-year old Anthony DeMarco spotted smoke and flames coming from the house next door. He immediately notified his mother and she called 911 to report the fire to the Arlington Fire Department. Firefighters quickly responded and were able to control the fire before it destroyed the home. Anthony knew what to do in an emergency because of the teaching he received from his father Dave, a Captain and S.A.F.E. Program educator with the Belmont Fire Department.


  • Asha Nurzynski - On September 7, 2005, 9- year old Asha Nurzynski brought her 4- year old brother outside to safety while her parents tried to contain a fire in the first floor living area. When interviewed by the Billerica Fire Department, Asha said, "I just used common sense. When I saw that the house was on fire, I grabbed my little brother and went outside to safety." Asha learned her fire safety behaviors from the S.A.F.E. program taught by the Billerica Fire Department when they had visited her school.
  • Brian Yetman - On November 2, 2005, 10- year old Brian Yetman notice a classmate choking during recess at the Parker Elementary School. He provided first aid by performing the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged the obstruction. The children did not report the incident until the next day. Brian is a student in the S.A.F.E. program taught by the Billerica Fire and School Departments and also learned life safety skills in boy scouts (Weblos) and in the Middlesex Sheriff's Youth Academy.


  • John Gallagher - On December 19, 2005 at 5:00 p.m., 12-year old John Gallagher picked up his 79-year old grandmother, who uses a walker, and carried her to safety out a side door. John began yelling to other tenants that the building was on fire. His mother and her friend grabbed two visiting grandchildren. A 4-year old, who tipped over a candle and ignited the couch, caused the fire that destroyed the apartment building.


  • Anthony Ruggiero - On August 10, 2005 at 5:25 p.m. 9-year old Anthony Ruggiero was riding his bike with friends when he heard the sound of smoke detectors. He followed the sound to a neighbor's apartment and saw smoke coming from the windows. He quickly rode home to report the fire to his mother. His neighbor Lori, who happened to be visiting with Anthony's mother Alicia, quickly ran home while Anthony's mother dialed 911. Inside the burning home was Lori's 25-year old daughter, who was ill and unable to escape on her own. Lori and Alicia helped Christina from the smoke filled apartment prior to the arrival of the fire department. Anthony learned to notify an adult when smoke detectors sound or if you see a fire, and to never enter a burning building from the Marblehead Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Jonah Wusteney - On October 28, 2005, 5-year old, Jonah Wusteney was at home with his family when the smoke alarms began to sound. Jonah's mother was caring for the youngest member of the family at the time. Jonah reacted immediately by evacuating his other two siblings outside to the family meeting place. He also thought to bring the portable phone with him so his mother could call the fire department. Jonah remained calm and knew how to react thanks to the fire and life safety education he received at the Eames Way School from the Marshfield Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Kelsey Olden - On January 2, 2006, 11-year old Kelsey Olden saved her family by detecting an early morning fire in its earliest stage. Kelsey was awake at 6 a.m. on the last day of school vacation and saw her bedroom lights flickering oddly and smelled smoke. She alerted her brothers and parents, got everyone outside, and called the fire department. A fire had started in the wall behind the fireplace and had extended up inside the walls. No smoke was visible when she alerted the family to danger but the home quickly became filled with smoke. Kelsey learned fire safety through the S.A.F.E. Program from the Shirley Fire and School Departments. Her quick actions brought the fire department in time to keep the fire small and the house habitable.


  • Tyler Lords - On January 3, 2006, 9-year old Tyler Lords calmly called 9-1-1. Tyler communicated to the dispatcher that his mother had a history of asthma and they were unable to find her inhaler. Calmly he continued to tell the dispatcher that his mother was having problems breathing. Tyler's mother was given medical assistance by the Sunderland Fire and Rescue Department. It was the quick, calm and accurate account of the incident by Tyler to the dispatcher that helped save his mother's life. Tyler learned fire safe


  • Somaiya Rowland & Taylahna Rowland - On October 10, 2005, only two days after receiving fire safety training at the Upton Fire Department Open House, 8-year old Somaiya Rowland and Taylahna Rowland were awakened by their mother and told there was fire in there attached garage. The two girls quickly and calmly put into action what they had recently learned about escaping fire. Crawling low and wasting no time looking for their pets or other valuables they went outside to the families meeting place and awaited instruction from their parents. It was outside at their meeting place that the two young girls repeatedly reminded their parents, who were about to reenter the house for truck keys, that they should wait for the fire fighters and not go back inside the house. (We did not attend this ceremony)

West Bridgewater

  • Caiden Thom & Troy Casey - On October 17, 2005 at 7:22 a.m., 11-year old Caiden Thom and 10-year old Troy Casey were walking to the school bus stop. As they were passing a neighbor's house they recognized the sound of a smoke alarm. The occupants of the home were away on vacation. They knew they had to notify an adult immediately and call 9-1-1 to alert the fire department. Caiden and Troy's quick and proper actions saved the home from serious damage. Caiden and Troy learned how to react in an emergency during a fire safety class at the Howard School from the West Bridgewater Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.

Tenth-year of the Student Awareness Of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2004-2005)


  • Andrew and Matthew Gabrielle - On August 24, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. the Bellingham emergency dispatch center received a 911 call from 8-year old Andrew Gabrielle reporting that his caregiver was having a seizure. While Andrew was on the phone with the dispatcher his brother, 7-year old Matthew went to their home computer and e-mailed his mother at work to let her know what was happening. Both boys learned to call 911 and notify an adult in case of an emergency, at the Stallbrook Elementary School, from the Bellingham Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program .


  • Drew Dobeck - On October 15, 2005 1:50 a.m. 12 year-old Drew Dobeck was in his bedroom and heard a loud bang downstairs from his room. Drew went downstairs to see what was wrong and found his father unconscious on the floor. Drew remained calm and called 911 to report the emergency and relayed important medical information about his father to the dispatcher. Drew explained to the dispatcher that his father was a diabetic and he thought his father was having a diabetic emergency, which indeed he was. Drew learned how to call 911 from his S.A.F.E. training through the Blackstone Millville Regional School District and the Blackstone Fire Department.


  • Emily, Brittany and Abigail Wallace - On October 17, 2004 at 3:45 a.m. the Wallace family awoke to the sound of their home smoke alarms. A fire had started in the basement. The 3 girls, Emily age 3, Brittany age 8, and Abigail age 10, and their parents immediately went into action and responded to the alarm by leaving the house and going to their meeting place. Once safely outside they contacted the fire department. The Wallace family knew what to do because they had planned and practiced a home fire escape drill just one week prior. Brittany, a third grade student at the Chatham Elementary School had received fire and life safety training from the Chatham Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Monica Dahlstrom and Ricky Dahlstrom - On January 28, 2005, at 8:59 a.m. 11-year old Monica Dahlstrom and her brother, 7-year old Ricky were in their home when they heard the smoke alarms sound. They noticed smoke from a fire that had started in the area of the living room fireplace. Monica instructed Ricky to call 9-1-1 to report the fire. Both siblings exited the house to safety and assembled at their meeting place to await the arrival of the fire department. Monica learned how to react during fire safety presentations at school from the Hanover Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Jean Paul Aucoin, III - On February 25, 2005, 10-year old Jean Paul Aucoin,III was at home with his father, who suddenly became quite ill and lost consciousness. Jean Paul quickly grabbed the phone and dialed 9-1-1 to summon help. He remained calm, gave the dispatcher his address and remained on the phone while he monitored his father's condition until the fire department arrived. Jean Paul learned how to react during an emergency in school during a fire and life safety training class by the Monson Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Tiha Wood - On October 12, 2004, at 7:53 p.m. 11-year old Tiha Wood was in her home when she heard the smoke alarms sound. She noticed that a fire had started in the kitchen. She immediately shouted to alert her family and told them to get out of the house. Once the family was safely outside and assembled at their meeting place, Tiha went to her neighbor's house and called 911 to report the fire. Tiha learned how to react during a fire earlier that day, in school at Trinity Catholic Academy, during a fire safety presentation from the Southbridge Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Kristina Redmond - On the morning of December 13, 2004, 8-year old Kristina Redmond was in her home helping to prepare breakfast. Since her mother was in another part of the house when the toast was ready, Kristina reached into the toaster oven. The tissue she was holding in her hand ignited when it made contact with the heating element. Kristina dropped the burning tissue to the floor, yelled "fire" to alert her family, and immediately went to the front door to prepare to exit the house. Fortunately no one was injured and Kristina's mother put out the fire quickly. Kristina reacted appropriately, just as she had been taught during fire safety lessons at school from the Wakefield Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.

Ninth-Year of the Student Awareness Of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2003-2004)


  • Cailin McMahon - On October 17, 2003 12-year old Cailin McMahon woke up in her home to the sounds of the smoke detector sounding. She quickly roused her parents, her sister and aunt and got everyone out safely. Their manufactured home was totally destroyed in the electrical fire, but the family is safe due to Cailin's actions. Cailin learned how to react in an emergency at the Cheshire Elementary School from the Cheshire Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Molly Cushman - On December 12, 2003, 9-year old Molly Cushman woke up and wondered why her mother had not awakened her for school. She heard her 7-month old sister in her crib crying and realized something was wrong. Molly went to her mother's bedroom and found her semi-conscious due to a diabetic problem. Molly remained calm and dialed 911 for help. She met emergency personnel at the front door and led them to her mother. Molly learned what to do and how to respond during an emergency at the Thorpe School during a S.A.F.E. education program by the Danvers Fire Department.


  • Michael Crimmins - On October 11, 2003, 11-year old Michael was playing outside when he noticed smoke coming from around the chimney. He ran to tell his mom and she told him it was ok she was just burning some wood in the stove. He told her "no mom it's not right. Just as she went out to check on what was wrong, all around the chimney and roof burst into flames. Mrs. Crimmins called 911 from her cell phone to report the fire. Mom believes if it were not for her son the house may have burned down. Thankfully no one was injured due to Michael recognizing this emergency and pressing his mother.


  • Kevin Greene - On December 1, 2003, 9-year old Kevin Greene was at home awaiting the school bus when he saw flames in the 3-season porch. Kevin immediately called 911 to report the fire and went outside to the family meeting place where he met his mother and uncle at the driveway. Kevin learned how to react in an emergency, prior to his family moving to Hanover, while he was a student in Everett from the Everett Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • A.J. Warner - On January 10, 2004, 12-year old A.J. Warner and his mother were in their home when they smelled smoke from a dryer fire in the basement. The smoke detectors immediately sounded and A.J insisted that they leave the building. A.J. ran across the street to call the fire department. A.J. learned how to respond in an emergency in school during fire safety education from the Lowell Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program

North Reading

  • Michael Salt and Paul Lucci - On August 20, 2003, 17-year old Michael Salt and 17-year old Paul Lucci assisted in the rescue of Nick Pepe after a major swimming pool accident. Michael and Paul kept Nick's body in a straight line, protecting his neck, spine and airway until the North Reading Police, Fire and EMS arrived. Because of their quick thinking and proper actions Nick was able to recover from his injuries without any loss of function. Michael and Paul received fire and life safety education from the North Reading Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Michael Gallotta - On July 1, 2003, 10-year old Michael Gallotta rescued his 3-year old sister Paige from the bottom of the family's swimming pool after she accidentally fell in.


  • Jamie Oehley & Megan Fitzgerald - On November 11, 2003, 11-year olds Jamie Oehley and Megan Fitzgerald were at Jamie's home when Jamie's mother was thrown from atop her horse, and received a laceration to her head and a severe concussion. Megan immediately dialed 911 for help. Jamie got on the phone and relayed vital information to the dispatcher. Jamie's mother received prompt medical attention thanks to the quick actions of Megan and Jamie. Jamie and Megan remained calm and knew what to do because of the safety education they received in the Upton/Mendon Regional School system from the Upton Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.

Eighth-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2002-2003)

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills

  • Taylor Ranaldi - On March 5, 2003, 7-year old Taylor Ranaldi was in her home playing with her mom and her two sisters when Taylor's 8-month old baby sister started to cough and go limp. As her mother picked up her baby sister, Taylor, without being told, immediately got up and went to the phone and dialed 911. She remained calm and told the dispatcher what the emergency was and gave her address and phone number. Taylor's mother successfully cleared the obstruction just prior to the arrival of the fire department. Taylor knew how to call 911 for help because of the training she received at the Centerville Elementary School from the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District's S.A.F.E. Program.
  • Michael Redgate - On April 22, 2003, 14-year old, Michael Redgate was in his home when he heard his mother, yelling, "fire". He came downstairs to find a fire in the kitchen. Michael remained calm, grabbed the cordless phone as he exited the house and called 911 from outside the building. Michael yelled to his mother, who was attempting to put out the fire, to get out of the house. Once out, he made sure she did not try to re-enter the home. The fire department arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. Michael's mother credits him with helping to limit damage to the home by quickly calling 911 to report the fire. Michael had received fire safety education while a student at Marstons Mills Elementary School from the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Justin Delande - On May 19, 2003, 8-year old Justin Delande was at home with his 4-year old twin brothers, while his mother prepared dinner. Suddenly a fire erupted on the stove. Justin's mother told one of the younger boys to tell Justin and his twin brother about the fire. As Justin entered the kitchen and saw the fire he asked his mother, "Do you want us to go to the meeting place?" Justin took his younger brothers out of the home, across the street and told his neighbor to call 911. Justin told the fire department dispatcher his name, address and telephone number as he reported the fire. He then remained at the neighbors, watching over his brothers and waited for the fire department to arrive. Justin's calmness and quick actions helped to minimize damage to the home and prevented injuries to family members. Justin knew what to do in the event of a fire as a result of training he received at the Chatham Elementary School from the Chatham Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Ethan Smith - On May 29, 2003, 8-year old Ethan Smith was at home with his younger sister and father. Ethan's father, who is diabetic, began to feel ill. Ethan tried to get his father to drink some juice, but he began having a seizure. Ethan immediately dialed 911 for help and remained calm as he gave the information to the dispatcher. Because of Ethan's actions rescue personnel arrived quickly to treat his father. Ethan knew what to do in an emergency because of the fire and life safety lessons he learned at St. Mary's School from the Danvers Fire Department S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Kaylyn Herold - On December 20, 2002, 9-year old Kaylyn Herold was at home when she heard the smoke detectors begin to sound. Smoke from the fireplace chimney had backed and was filling the house with smoke. Kaylyn immediately gathered her younger siblings, brought them to the front door and out of the home to safety. Kaylyn learned how to react to the sound of smoke detectors, to exit her home and go to a meeting place, during fire safety instruction at the Reingold School from the Fitchburg Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.
  • Frederick Louis Reynolds IV - On January 8, 2003, 7-year old Frederick Reynolds IV, awoke to the sound of smoke detectors in alarm. A fire had started in the home and smoke and heat were filling the building. Family members met in the second floor hallway as they exited their bedrooms. Frederick remained calm and instructed his family to get down low and crawl beneath the heat and smoke as they made their way out of the house to safety. Frederick's mother believes her son's calm manner and accurate instructions prevented panic among the other family members and greatly aided their safe exit from the home. Frederick learned how to evacuate quickly when smoke detectors sound and to crawl low beneath smoke at the South Street School Complex, from the Fitchburg Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program


  • Kelcey L. Salois - On January 27, 2003, 11-year old Kelcey Salois was in her home when she heard her brother and sister screaming that there was a fire in the kitchen. As her mother gathered up Kelcey's younger brother and sister, Kelcey quickly went to the phone, dialed 9-1-1 remained calm and reported the fire. She then told her family to get out of the house and wait outside for the fire department to arrive. Kelcey learned how to react in case of a fire from the Haverhill Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program while a student in the Haverhill School system.
  • Kassadi Pailes - On May 19, 2002, 6-year old Kassadi Pailes was staying with friends in Newton NH. At approximately 0730 am Kassidi awoke and entered her friends bedroom, upon entering she noticed a fire under her friends bed. She woke her friend and the other occupants in the apartment, she assisted in carrying a small child out of the apartment, and also assisted in alerting other residents of the apartment building of the fire.


  • Jeffery Copeland Jr. - On April 24, 2003 8-year old Jeffery Copeland Jr. and his brother 7-year old Anthony were playing on the second floor of there home. Anthony swallowed a marble game piece and began choking. Jeffery preformed seeing his brother was choking quickly preformed the Heimlich maneuver to clear his brother's airway. He then brought his brother down stairs told his mother what had happened. He then called properly call 911 relaying the information to the 911 operator and stayed on the phone until the emergency units arrived.


  • Jessica Woodman - On March 22, 2003 12-year old Jessica Woodman, was at home with her two brothers and her cousin when a fire broke out in her mother's bedroom. Upon discovering the fire she immediately had all the children leave the house and grabbed the family dog on the way out. She directed the children to a meeting place and then called 911 to report the fire and waited for the fire department to arrive.


  • Emerald and Amber Kreimendahl - On September 16, 2002, the Kreimendahl sisters, 10 year old Emerald and 7 year old Amber, were in their home when they witnessed their mother lose consciousness and begin seizure activity. Emerald dialed 911 to report the emergency while Amber monitored her mother to protect her from harm. When Fire Department personnel arrived on scene Emerald and Amber remained calm and were able to give them important information about their mother's medical history. The prompt actions that Emerald and Amber took during this emergency had a significant impact on their mother's health and recovery. Emerald and Amber learned how to dial 911 and what to do in an emergency at the Robinson from the Mansfield Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Matthew Reardon - On November 22, 2002, 13-year old, Matthew Reardon, was at home with his father when a fire broke out inside their residence. Upon discovering the fire Matthew quickly awoke his father, calmly dialed 911 to report the fire and provide the dispatcher with the correct information, then he and his father exited the building to safety. Matthew, an eighth grade student, received his fire safety education from the Northborough Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Kip Black-Graham - On November 26, 2002, 6-year old Kindergarten student, Kip Black-Graham was in his home with his mother, who was in the kitchen cooking. A plastic container fell onto the stove-top and ignited, filling the kitchen with smoke. Upon hearing the smoke detectors sound, Kip immediately dropped to his knees and directed his mother to do the same. They both crawled low, beneath the smoke, and exited the home to safety. Kip learned how to react in an emergency at the Beal School, from the Shrewsbury Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Xavier Melendez - On October 21, 2002, Xavier Melendez was playing outside his home when he heard the sound of smoke detectors. He looked at his house and saw smoke coming from the home. While she was cooking, Xavier's mother had fallen and struck her head. Despite knowing that his mother was still inside, he knew not to go into the smoke filled house, so he immediately went to a neighbor's house and called 911 for help. He then went back outside to wait for the fire department to arrive to inform them that his mother was still inside the building. Firefighters arrived, entered the house, found Xavier's mother, brought her to safety and extinguished a stove fire. Xavier's calm, quick thinking during this emergency helped save his mother's life. Xavier received his S.A.F.E education at the Charlton Street School from the Southbridge Fire and School Departments.


  • Jourdon Johnson - On October 18, 2002, 7-year old, Jourdon Johnson was at home with his mother when she suffered a severe asthma attack. Jourdon's mother was unable to talk or breathe. Despite the emergency, Jourdon remained calm, dialed 911 and relayed the information to the dispatcher. He then stayed by his mother's side to comfort and calm her until help arrived. Because of Jourdon's actions his mother received prompt medical care for her life threatening condition. Jourdon received S.A.F.E. education while a kindergarten student at the East Taunton Elementary School from the Taunton Fire Department.


  • Ashley O'Connell - On February 5, 2003, 7-year old Ashley O'Connell was at her home when her mother had a medical emergency and collapsed on the bedroom floor. Ashley immediately went to the phone and dialed 9-1-1 to summon help. She stayed calm and told the dispatcher that her mother could not breathe. Rescue personnel arrived on scene within two minutes to give medical care to Ashley's mother, who is alive today thanks to Ashley's quick thinking, remaining calm and remembering the life safety lessons she learned from the Wakefield Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program at the Walton Elementary School.

Seventh-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2001-2002)


  • Katherine Therriault - On May 7, 2002, 6-year old kindergarten student Katherine Therriault was at home with her mother when her mother slipped in the bathtub and broke her ankle. Katherine came to her mother's assistance, placed a chair beside the tub, covered her mother to keep her warm, and retrieved a phone so her mother was able to call 911. Katherine waited at the door for rescuers and led them to her injured mother. Katherine told her mother that she knew what to do because she had been taught in school by the Attleboro Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Sarah Daum and Daniel Jacobson - On April 17, 2002, 6-year old kindergarten students Sarah Daum and Daniel Jacobson were playing in Daniel's yard when they saw a fire in a pile of combustibles, stacked against a neighbor's house. Sarah and Daniel reported the fire to Daniel's mother, who then called 911. Because of their prompt actions the fire was extinguished quickly and damage was minimized. Sarah and Daniel received their S.A.F.E. education at the Dallin Elementary School from the Arlington Fire Department.


  • Paige Steffens - On May 9, 2002, 9-year old Paige was home with her 89-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Hoffner when Mrs. Hoffner became short of breath. Paige was able to summon help for her grandmother by quickly calling 911 and providing her name, address, and the nature of the emergency. Paige received her S.A.F.E. education at the Chatham Elementary School from members of the Chatham Fire and Police Departments.


  • Nathalie McCarthy - On December 6, 2001 at 18:35, 9-year old, Nathalie McCarthy was at her home with her younger brother and her grandfather. The grandfather cut his fingers while working at a table saw. While he rushed to place a towel around the wound, Nathalie remained calm and phoned 911 for assistance. She then went to the door, put the front light on and signaled rescue personnel when they arrived on scene. While her grandfather received medical care, Nathalie cared for her younger brother. Nathalie received her S.A.F.E. education training at the Silver Hill School, from the Haverhill Fire Department.


  • Julohn Teixeira - On November 19, 2001, 7-year old, Julohn Teixeira, was at home watching television when her mother suddenly had a Grand Mal seizure. Julohn remembered what she had been taught in school, by 'Fire Fighter Mike', during a S.A.F.E. presentation, and immediately dialed 911 for assistance. Julohn waited by the window for emergency personnel to arrive, and when she saw the flashing lights she opened the door for the rescuers. Mrs. Teixeira received prompt, lifesaving, medical treatment, thanks to her daughter's quick actions. Julohn received S.A.F.E. education training at the Placentino School, from the Holliston Fire Department.


  • Alexandra Manos - On August 18, 2001, 9-year old Alexandra Manos smelled smoke in her house. She went to her parent's room to alert them and saw smoke coming from an electrical switch in their bedroom. She told them to call the fire department, then she led her younger sister to the front door and out of the house to a safe place. The fire department arrived to find burnt, arcing wires in the switch box. Alexandra learned fire safety from the Ipswich Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program at her school.


  • Janice Gautreau - On December 10, 2001, 6-year old Janice Gautreau was at home with her mother. Janice's mother became ill and could not make it to the phone to call for help. Janice dialed 911 and pushed the speaker-phone button so her mother could talk to rescuers. Janice then went to the door to let Fire and EMS personnel into the home. Janice learned about how to call 911 for help at the Kane Elementary School from the Marlborough Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Cory York - On February 24,2002 at approximately 18:50hrs, 7-year old Cory York dialed 911 for help for his mother who was sick and according to his phone call "dying". Cory remained calm and stayed on the phone until paramedics arrived at his house. Firefighters and paramedics learned that Cory had been born with an 80% hearing loss and uses hearing aids and an amplified phone. He learned about how to use 911 at the Fuller Meadow elementary school from the Middleton Fire Department S.A.F.E. Program.

North Reading/Danvers

  • Kristen & Ashley Moulton - On February 17, 2002, the North Reading Fire Department received a 911 call from 10-year old Kristen Moulton who reported that her mother had fallen and was unconscious. While Kristen was on the phone, her 12-year old sister, Ashley provided first aid for her injured mother. Thanks to the quick actions of both girls, their mother received prompt medical care for her injuries, and a possible tragedy was averted. Ashley and Kristen received their S.A.F.E. education from the Danvers Fire Department.


  • Erika & Shannon O'Donnell - On September 4, 2001, 9-year old Erika O'Donnell called 911 to report that her 4-year old brother Parker was choking and needed an ambulance. While her mother was performing the Heimlich maneuver, Erika calmly relayed information to the dispatcher. Meanwhile, 5-year old Shannon O'Donnell went outside to the street to flag down responding rescuers and direct them to the emergency. Mrs. O'Donnell successfully dislodged two Lifesavers candies from Parker's throat prior to the arrival of EMS/Fire and Police. Mrs. O'Donnell had recently received instruction in CPR from Princeton firefighters. The children received their S.A.F.E. education from the Princeton Fire Department at the Thomas Prince Elementary School.


  • John Kurpeski & Daniel Poggi - On March 26, 2002 at 1:05-p.m., 13 year olds John Kurpeski and Daniel Poggi were riding their bikes when they spotted smoke coming from a 6 unit rooming house. The boys immediately went to John's house and told John's mother to report the fire. Fire officials credit the quick actions of John and Daniel in reporting the fire for helping to keep the fire confined to the room of origin. John and Daniel received their S.A.F.E. education at the Wollaston Elementary School from the Quincy Fire and School


  • Cameron Oliver - On September 6, 2001, third grader Cameron Oliver was home with his mother when she fell down a flight of stairs. Cameron called 9-1-1 to summon help. Throughout the call, Cameron remained calm and was able to relay information on his mother's condition to the emergency dispatcher. He remained on the phone with the emergency dispatcher until Fire/EMS crews arrived. Cameron received S.A.F.E. education from the Reading Fire and School Departments.


  • Jennifer Belforte - On January 7, 2002, third grader Jennifer Belforte discovered a fire in her home, alerted her mother and directed her to call 911. Jennifer also notified the other residents in the building of the danger as she exited from the structure. Jennifer's quick actions helped to prevent a possible tragedy. Jennifer received her S.A.F.E. education from the Southbridge Fire and School Departments.


  • Greg Strait - On January 6, 2002 at 4:15 AM, the Strait family was awakened by the sound of smoke detectors. An electrical fire in the basement had disabled the hard-wired smoke detection system, and the battery-powered detectors the family installed for added protection were sounding. The living area was filling with thick smoke. 8-year old Greg and his mother crawled low beneath the smoke and out the front door. His father and two sisters used the second escape route to exit from the kitchen door. The family met outside, at their meeting place and did a head count. They called the Sudbury Fire Department from a neighbor's house. Greg and his family had practiced a home escape plan as part of the fire safety lessons he had received at the Noyes School from the Sudbury Public Schools and the Sudbury Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Lucie Wallace - In March, 2002, 12-year old Lucie Wallace was babysitting for two young children ages 7 and 9. As they were watching television Lucie smelled smoke. She went to the kitchen and found a fire in the toaster oven. She immediately unplugged the toaster and helped the two children outside to safety. Lucie's quick thinking, unplugging the toaster and taking the children outside, prevented a serious fire from occurring and protected the children from harm. Lucie received her S.A.F.E. education during a Babysitter Safety class from the Swampscott Fire Department.


  • Ashley Damon - On April 13, 2002, 9-year old Ashley Damon was at home with her mother and her two younger brothers, when a fire broke out in their kitchen. Ashley remembered what she had learned in school about E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home) and immediately led her younger brothers, away from the danger, to the family meeting place outside the home. Ashley's mother was able to safely extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. Ashley received her S.A.F.E. education from the Taunton Fire and School Departments.


  • Kayla Bedell - On October 17, 2001 at 02:37 hrs, the Bedell household awoke to the sound of smoke detector alarms. Mr. and Mrs. Bedell alerted their three daughters, who were in an adjacent bedroom. 6-year old Kayla remained calm and remembered her lessons in fire safety. She immediately made sure her sisters, ages 2 & 4, were awake and kept them at her side. Kayla informed the family members that they needed to crawl low beneath the smoke. The family safely exited the home, proceeded to their meeting place on their neighbor's porch, and placed a call to the Fire Department. Kayla, a first grader at the Warren Community Elementary School had received fire safety instruction from the Warren Fire Department S.A.F.E. Program one week earlier. That evening she went home and encouraged the family to practice an escape plan.


  • Jonathan Schreiner - On March 19, 2002, 10- year old Jonathan was home with his mother when she injured her hand. Jonathan called 911 to report his mother's injury. He remained calm while giving information to the dispatcher and throughout the incident while the Wilbraham Fire and Ambulance were on scene. Jonathan received his S.A.F.E. training from the Wilbraham Fire and School Departments.


Sixth-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (2000-2001)


  • Patrick K. Elliott - On December 11, 2000, 9-year old Patrick Elliott was home with his mother and younger siblings when a pan of grease caught fire. Patrick's mother immediately grabbed the younger children to take them outside. Patrick grabbed an extinguisher and properly extinguished the fire, preventing further damage. Patrick credits his ability to stay calm and to properly use a fire extinguisher to the public fire safety education that he learned in school from the Brimfield Fire and School Departments.


  • Eliza McDermott - On February 20, 2001, Eliza McDermott, a 5th grade child, called 9-1-1 to report a medical emergency. Eliza was at home with her aunt during winter school vacation when her aunt experienced a seizure. Eliza remained calm and called 9-1-1 to report the emergency and was able to provide the Fire Department dispatcher with all necessary information. Eliza received her fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program in her school from the Bourne Fire Department.


  • Ashley Lindhorst and Courtney Lindhorst - On August 2, 2000, 10-year old twins Ashley and Courtney Lindhorst were home with their mother when a fire started in their kitchen. Ashley and Courtney immediately left the apartment and alerted neighbors on the way out. Each child went to a separate neighbor's house to contact the fire department. The girls received their fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program in their school from the Cambridge Fire Department.


  • Adam Harper and Shianne Harper - On April 5, 2001, 11-year old Adam Harper and his 10-year old sister Shianne were at home when Adam observed smoke coming from underneath a parked motor vehicle across the street from his home. He told his sister Shianne to call 9-1-1. He took the portable fire extinguisher from their basement and proceeded to cross the street and extinguished the fire. Adam and Shianne's actions greatly prevented the extension of the fire to the motor vehicle. The Harper children both received their fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program in their school from the Dennis Fire Department.


  • Gary Lopes Jr. - On July 24, 2000, 9-year old Gary Lopes Jr. was home with his mother when a fire started on their front porch. Gary quickly and calmly called 9-1-1 to report the fire. He and his mother then exited their home and were able to extinguish the fire using garden hoses. Gary received his fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program at his school from the Dighton Fire Department.


  • Dominic Laorenza - Five-year old Dominic demonstrated fire safety awareness when he reported to his family that he could smell smoke coming from their home's basement. The family found that their fuse panel had shorted and was smoking. Dominic received his fire safety education from the S.A.F.E. program at his daycare center from the Dracut Fire Department.


  • Ross A. Johnston - On September 7, 2000, 10-year old Ross Johnston was home with a friend when a fire started in their basement. Ross quickly and calmly called 9-1-1 to report the fire. He then assisted his friend, who was recovering from a severe leg injury, out of the house to safety. Ross then met the Fire Department and informed them what had happened and that everyone was safely out of the house. Ross received his S.A.F.E. education from the Eastham Fire and School Departments.


  • Mia Corsini - On June 11, 2001 at about 1:05 AM, 11 year old, Mia Corsini awoke from her sleep and smelled smoke in her family home. Although there were smoke detectors in the home, they did not function. She immediately awakened her father and another occupant, and helped to guide them from the house to safety. Mia received S.A.F.E. education from the Easton Fire and School Departments.


  • George and Emily Botelho - On December 9, 2000 third grade student, George Botelho and his younger sister Emily were spending the night at their grandparent's home when a fire occurred at the residence. George told his grandmother to dial 911 to report the fire. He and Emily then led their grandmother out of the house, to the driveway to wait for the fire department. When his grandmother tried to re-enter the home to look for her husband, George prevented her from going back into the building. He remembered to "Get out and stay out." George received S.A.F.E. education at the Teaticket Elementary School from the Falmouth Fire and School Departments.


  • Kate Sheridan - Ten-year old Kate Sheridan was awakened by the smoke detector in her cellar. Kate quickly and calmly awakened her entire family to safely exit the house. Within five minutes, Kate's bedroom was fully involved. Kate received her S.A.F.E. education just one week before this event in school from the Granby Fire Department. The topic was "Change your clock, Change your battery." She had encouraged her family to change their smoke detectors batteries.


  • John T. Cuddahy - On July 16, 2000, 6-year old John T. Cuddahy was riding in his father's car when he spotted a fire in a school building that was closed for the day. John instructed his dad to call 9-1-1. By noticing the fire in it's incipient stage and by quickly calling for help, the fire was brought under control and a major fire was prevented. John learned his 9-1-1 fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program at his school.


  • Eric Weiss - On January 28, 2001, third grader, Eric Weiss, discovered smoke coming from the dryer downstairs. He immediately retrieved his mother and exited the home while calling 9-1-1 on a portable phone. When the fire crews arrived, he directed them to where he thought the fire was. Eric explained to the fire investigator that he learned what to do from fire safety classes taught by Longmeadow firefighters using the Learn Not To Burn curriculum.


  • Laura Boehm and Jordan Sandberg - On June 3, 2001, 10 year olds Laura Boehm and Jordan Sandberg were at a store, waiting to be picked up by Laura's mother. They saw Laura's mother drive by them, past the store. Laura knew her mother was diabetic and suspected there was a problem. The children ran to a nearby fire station to report the emergency. They gave fire officials the make, color and license plate number of the car. Because they remained calm, reacted properly and gave such detailed information, police were able to locate Laura's mother Eileen, who was hypoglycemic and unaware of what was happening. Paramedics and firefighters treated her medical condition and stabilized her. The youngster's actions helped to save Mrs. Boehm's life and prevent a possible accident.


  • Jamie Belostock - On May 10, 2001, 7 ½ year old Jamie, a second grader at Eveleth School was playing outside in the yard with her sister Sydney, 4 ½. Their parents were away on vacation, and their grandmother was caring for them. When they went into their home, they found their grandmother on the floor, unconscious. Jamie felt for a pulse, confirmed that her grandmother's heart was beating, brought her now crying sister next door to her neighbor's house and asked them to call 911.


  • Abby (9), Jillian (7), Andrew (5), and Maggie Joy (4) Reilly - On January 11, 2001, the Reilly children were home with their grandfather. They all were upstairs when Jillian, age 7, smelled smoke. Her brother and sisters smelled it too. They alerted their grandfather and he called the fire department. They then practiced what they had been taught; they went downstairs, exited their home, and went right to their meeting place at the mailbox at the end of the driveway. The Reilly children's actions helped to prevent injuries to themselves and their grandfather. Damage from the fire was limited to a toaster oven. The Reilly children received their fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program in their school from the Mattapoisett Fire Department.


  • Kenneth Curry and Joshua Bell - On December 16, 2000, 8-year old Josh and his 10-year old brother Kenny, smelled smoke when they entered their home. Both boys assisted their great-grandmother out of the home and summoned help from a neighbor passing by who then called 9-1-1. Both boys received their fire safety education through the S.A.F.E. program sponsored by the Middleborough Fire and School Departments.


  • Courtney Delgado - On March 28, 2001, kindergartener Courtney Delgado called 9-1-1 when her brother fell and was bleeding from the head. Although the mother was shouting and exciting in the background, Courtney remained very calm. This calmness enabled her to give a complete address and description of the incident to the 9-1-1 dispatcher. Courtney is a recipient of the Melrose S.A.F.E. program.


  • Bethany Wood - On December 28, 2000, 7-year-old Bethany Wood and her family successfully escaped a fire in their home. When firefighters arrived on-scene, they found the Wood family outside at their meeting place. The Wood family credits their safety to the home escape plan that Bethany made as homework for her school's S.A.F.E. program sponsored by the Millis Fire and School Departments.


  • Nicolette Buckley - In the winter of 2001, 6-year-old Nicolette Buckley was home with her mom and younger sister when a out of control fire in the family's wood stove filled the house with smoke and set off smoke detectors. As mom was attempting to control the fire in the wood stove, Nicolette took her younger sister outside to safety and yelled back to mom that she should call "9-1-1". Nicolette received her fire safety education from the S.A.F.E. Program sponsored by the Peabody Fire and School Departments.


  • Sara King - On January 10, 2001, 10-year-old Sara King was at the sink in the kitchen of her home when her younger sister entered the room. Sara heard a clicking noise and turn to find that her sister had climbed up on the stove and caught her hair on fire from the burner. Sara could not find a towel, so she quickly used her sweatshirt to smother the flames that helped to minimize her sister's injuries. Sara received her fire safety education from the S.A.F.E. Program sponsored by the Pittsfield Fire and School Departments.


  • Tayleigh Tetreault - On May 8, 2001, at approximately 7:00 AM, Tayleigh's mother became ill and required emergency transportation to the hospital. Tayleigh remained calm, called 911 and gave the dispatcher the necessary information to summon assistance. During this time she also provided care for her two younger siblings.

  • Michael Corning - Fall 2000, fifth grader Michael Corning was at home with his younger brother Christopher, a third grade student. Christopher was eating . when he began to choke. Michael had just recently learned the Heimlich maneuver during health class, and he successfully performed the procedure on his brother, saving his life.


  • Matthew Hughes - On February 24, 2001, second grader Matthew Hughes was home with his mother when she became unconscious. After attempting to awaken her, Matthew called 9-1-1 to summon help. Throughout the call, Matthew remained very calm and was able to provide the emergency dispatcher with detailed information leading to successful treatment by Fire/EMS crews.

Shelburne Falls

  • Alex Giguere - On October 14, 2000, 12-year-old Alex Giguere and his family successfully escaped a fire in their home. When firefighters arrived on-scene, they found the Giguere family outside at their meeting place. The Giguere family credits their safety to the home escape plan that Alex developed in his school's S.A.F.E. program sponsored by the Shelburne Falls Fire District.


  • Jackie Tatro - On June 7, 2001, 8 year old Jackie Tatro was roasting marshmallows at her babysitter's house, when a burning marshmallow fell onto her lap, igniting her shirt. Without panicking, she dropped to the ground and rolled over and over in order to extinguish the fire. Although a hole was burned in Jackie's shirt, she was unharmed, because she acted quickly and correctly. Jackie had learned about Stop, Drop & Roll from the Shrewsbury Fire Department's SAFE Program in school, during fire safety education classes.


  • Alexander Costova - On October 22, 2000, at 1:45 AM, 7 year old Alexander Costova saw a glow out the window and discovered his neighbor's garage on fire. He awoke his father and instructed him to call 911 to report the fire. He then made sure that everyone in his home was aware of the danger and told them to leave the house. Alex received fire safety education as a first grader at the Galligan School from the Taunton Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Jessica Loescher - On November 20, 2000, 7-year-old Jessica Loescher awoke to a fire in her home which had entered her bedroom from outside. Jessica quickly alerted her parents to exit the home. All occupants exited safely except for her bedridden grandfather who was in a downstairs bedroom and trapped by the fire. Because she acted calmly, arriving firefighters were able to successfully rescue her grandfather. Jessica received her fire safety education from the S.A.F.E. program sponsored by the Walpole Fire and School Departments.


  • Jessica Barrett - On September 1, 2000, 12-year old Jessica Barrett was walking with her friend when her friend experienced a medical emergency. Jessica stayed calm and immediately summoned help. She remained with her friend until help arrived and then gave the Westford EMT's valuable information regarding her friend's medical condition. Jessica credits her ability to stay calm during emergencies to the S.A.F.E. education she received at school from the Westford Fire Department.


  • Jonathan Corliss - On January 28, 2001, 9-year old Jonathan Corliss was skating with his grandfather when his grandfather fell on the ice, hit his head and became unconscious. Jonathan quickly dialed "9-1-1" on his grandfather's cell phone. Jonathan calmly provided the Westminster Fire/Police Dept. with a correct address and accurate information pertaining to his grandfather's medical condition. Without Jonathan's quick action, his grandfather's medical condition could have been worse. Jonathan received his "9-1-1" education in school through the S.A.F.E. program.


Fifth-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (1999-2000)



  • Matthew Fisher - On August 18, 1999, 7-year old Matthew Fisher caught fire to his shirt while attempting to light a candle. Remembering the fire safety lessons that he learned in school, he immediately performed "Stop, Drop and Roll." Leigh Fisher knows that if it were not for the fire safety lessons taught by the Bellingham Fire Department in her son's first grade class, her son might not be with her today.


  • Jonathan Dench - On February 4, 2000, 5th grader, Jonathan Dench, was alerted by his mother that there was a fire in the 3-story multi-family home where he resided. Despite the smoke, Jonathan went to the second and third floors to alert other occupants of the building to the danger. He assisted with his grandmother's safe exit from the structure by taking her downstairs via a secondary exit. Jonathan received his S.A.F.E. education from the Belmont Fire and School Departments.


  • Xavier Hall - In July, 1999, third grader Xavier Hall was entering the apartment building where he lives when he heard an alarm sounding in a first floor apartment. He immediately alerted the maintenance man who called the fire department. Brockton firefighters found an unattended pot on the stove in the apartment. Xavier received his S.A.F.E. education from the Brockton Fire and School Departments.


  • Wade Paulson and Brooke Paulsen - On December 23, 1999, 7-year old Wade Paulsen along with his 5-year old sister Brooke, called 9-1-1 to report that their grandmother had fallen and was in need of medical attention. The children then proceeded to cover their grandmother with a blanket to keep her warm and to wait for Chatham Fire and Rescue personnel to arrive. Wade and Brooke's grandmother says their actions were a direct result of fire safety education they received in school.
  • Halley Learned - On December 29, 1999, the Chatham Fire and Rescue received a 9-1-1 call from 8-year old Halley Learned. Halley was at home with her mother and 5-year old brother when she heard her mother screech. Halley found her mother face down, bleeding, and unresponsive. Her quick and calm call for emergency help with accurate information saved her mother's life. Paramedics arrived within four minutes and found Mrs. Learned in cardiac and respiratory arrest. She is recovering from her medical emergency. Halley received her 9-1-1 education in school through the S.A.F.E. program.
  • Dylan Tighe Cannon - On April 10, 2000, the Chatham Fire Dept. received an emergency call from 10-year old Dylan Cannon. Dylan was calling from a skateboard park where his father was injured while skateboarding. Dylan remembered and dialed the fire department's 7-digit emergency number rather than 9-1-1 because of a delay that occurs when using cell phones. Dylan's quick thinking was a result of education that he received from Chatham's S.A.F.E. Program.


  • Carlos Galvez - On August 25, 1999, 5-year old Carlos Galvez was getting ready for bed when he saw his mother collapse on the floor in an epileptic seizure. His aunt and grandmother were home, but do not speak English and were afraid of not being understood if they called for help. The young boy stayed calm, called 9-1-1 and was able to tell them his address and other vital information. Although Carlos has received fire safety training at pre-school, he had learned to call for emergency assistance from his mother before going to school.


  • 2 children discovered a structure fire.


  • David McHugh - Ten-year old David McHugh recognized and reported to the Foxborough Fire Department a fire hazard involving a smoking light switch. David received his fire safety training from the S.A.F.E. program sponsored by Foxborough Fire and School Departments.


  • Miranda Bissonette - On July 7, 1999, 6-year old Miranda Bissonette called the Hyannis Fire Department when a gas grill caught fire outside her home and began to melt the vinyl siding. Before calling for help and giving her address, as she had learned in her Nantucket kindergarten class, she took her 18-month old brother out of the house.


  • Raymond Garner - On November 19, 1999, 8-year old Raymond Garner awoke in his home to find smoke filling the second floor from a first floor fire. Raymond was awakened by his dog barking. The two smoke detectors in his home, malfunctioned and therefore, did not operate. Raymond immediately alerted the rest of his family and everyone exited the home safely. Raymond's quick actions were the result of fire safety training he received in his second grade class.


  • Nicholas Kinsman - On December 24, 1999, 7-year old Nicholas Kinsman was at home with his mother and 4-year old sister when a fire started in their kitchen. After going to a neighbor's house to get help, Nicholas returned to supervise his younger sister at their meeting place while his mother and neighbor extinguished the fire. Nicholas remained calm during the whole ordeal as he looked after the safety of his sister. Nicholas's received his S.A.F.E. training from the Middleborough Fire Department.


  • This story is a public education success, whether or not the S.A.F.E. program can take credit for it. A fourteen-year old boy was in his backyard and heard someone call for help. He found a man injured in a 4-wheeler (ATV) accident in the woods, returned to his home, called 9-1-1 for assistance, waited for help and guided rescuers to the injured man. The youngster surely saved the man's life.


  • Tony Gallo - On April 30, 2000, 11-year old Tony Gallo called 9-1-1 to report that his grandmother was in need of medical attention due to a diabetic condition. After calling 9-1-1, He remained calm and helped to keep his 2 younger brothers calm while they all waited for Saugus Fire & Rescue personnel to arrive. Tony's actions were a direct result of fire safety education he received in school.


  • Zachary Kent - Five-year old Zachary Kent says he learned to run and tell a grown-up if he smelled smoke and that is exactly what he did in July. Lint in a clothes dryer in the basement of his Stow home ignited while Zachary, his mother and two sisters were sleeping. Zach woke up smelling the smoke and woke everyone up. They exited the house and went to their meeting place, something Zach had helped the family select as part of their escape plan. Zachary had learned about fire safety from the Hudson Fire Department in his pre-school.


  • Scott Pepperman - On August 5, 1999, seven-year old Scott Pepperman was playing with his Pokemon cards at the kitchen table when he noticed smoke. He called for his father who was in the basement doing laundry. By the time his father ran upstairs, the entire first floor apartment was filled with black smoke and fire. The two exited the apartment and alerted upstairs neighbors to the fire. Although the family lost all their possessions and their home, they are grateful their son knew what to do in a fire emergency.


  • Derek Reardon - On December 30, 1999, 4-year old Derek Reardon smelled smoke from an oven fire and insisted that his family "get out." Mrs. Reardon called 9-1-1 and then ran upstairs to get her daughter. They all went to a neighbor's house and waited there safely for the fire department which was able to keep the fire contained to the oven, although there was a lot of smoke throughout the house.


  • Tori and Alec Cote - Seven year old Tori had insisted that the family develop a home escape plan from her second grade fire safety education, never realizing the family would need to use it a few days later. On December 30, 1999, wood ashes stored outside ignited the back deck catching a propane cylinder that fueled the fire. Tori's grandfather discovered the fire and awakened his wife, oldest son; and daughter, Tori's mother who lives in the main part of the house. Tori's mom and her 4-year old brother Alec found her at the designated meeting spot out front. Six occupants escaped without injury.
  • Michael Stackhouse - Using his S.A.F.E. education, 7-year old Michael Stackhouse knew what to do when a small kitchen fire started in his home. Michael ran to a neighbor's house and called 9-1-1 for help. He remained outside while his mother safely extinguished the fire.


  • Carrie Plitt and Alyssa Landry - On September 18, 1999, Carrie Plitt and Alyssa Landry were baking cookies when a fire started in the oven. The immediately took a portable fire extinguisher that was in the kitchen and discharged it in the oven. They then called 9-1-1 to report the fire and met the Wenham Fire Department outside the building to direct them to the location of the fire. Carrie and Alyssa learned how to properly use fire extinguishers during a summer fire safety program taught by the Wenham Fire Department.

Fourth-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (1998-1999)



  • Steven Hathaway - In July, 1998, Steven Hathaway of Acton was with his father Neal, a professional landscaper, in Concord operating riding lawnmowers. They had stopped so that his father could refuel Steven's lawnmower. During the refueling, a park or hot point ignited fuel vapor and Neal was engulfed in flames. Steven has the presence of mind to tell his father to "stop, drop and roll" to put out the flames and found someone to call 9-1-1.


  • Lyndsey French - In early 1999, 8-year old Lyndsey French knew exactly what to do when her brother knocked over a candle and burned his hand. Because of what she had learned through the S.A.F.E. Program, she took her brother over to the sink and ran cool water over his hand to "cool the burn."
  • Bill Regan - In the fall of 1998, 8-year old Bill Regan was playing with his sister in the yard when he looked over to his neighbor's house and saw flames and sparks coming from the chimney. He ran inside his own house, told his cousin who was babysitting to come notify the neighbors they had a chimney fire, should go to their meeting place, and to call 9-1-1 to report the fire emergency. The fire department contained the fire in the chimney.


  • Steven Fontaine and Edwin Lynds - On January 10, 1999, at about 1:50 a.m. while at Steven's house, the two boys noticed a glow outside of the window to the room they were sleeping in. They looked out the window to see flames coming from the neighbor's house. Knowing that Mary Devincentis was handicapped and requires assistance to get out of bed, the boys alerted Steve's parents. They quickly called 9-1-1 and Mrs. Devincentis was rescued. She was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation and later released. Cool headedness and quick thinking on the part of the boys allowed Mrs. Devincentis to survive the fire.


  • Devlynn Hresko - On February 27, 1999, second-grader Devlynn Hresko was visiting friends in nearby Ware. Her friend's parent and the six children smelled smoke and went looking for the source. Someone opened the bathroom door and smoke from a dryer fire came pouring out. Eight-year old Devlynn yelled for everyone to "crawl low under the smoke and get out!" All seven people evacuated safely. Her friend's parent reported to the fire department that Devlynn was as cool as a cucumber and knew exactly what to do.


  • Graeme Milley - On October 25, 1998, while playing in the woods near his home, Graeme Milley came upon a group of children playing with fire. The children attempted to convince 5-year old Graeme Milley not to tell anyone about their activities. They did this while using a toy gun and spent construction cartridges, telling him they were real bullets. Graeme left the area as the children continued to set brush on fire. He went directly to a neighbor's house, brought the neighbor to the site to ensure the fire was extinguished. Later he told his parents. Graeme learned about fire safety from the Chatham S.A.F.E. Program at the Rocking Unicorn preschool.


  • Sandra Wyman - On May 10, 1999, 15-year old Sandra Wyman's mother suffered burns on her hand from a grease fire on the kitchen stove. Sandra responded to the fire, extinguished it with salt then treated her mother's burns with cool water. Sandra has been part of the S.A.F.E. Program in Dracut for four years.
  • David Morrison - On September 7, 1998, thirteen-year old David Morrison used a 1A-2BC dry chemical extinguisher from his home to put out a fire on a neighbor's rear deck. A gas grill fire had ignited the deck and the exterior wood siding. He told firefighters that he had learned how to use an extinguisher properly and to keep calm through the Dracut S.A.F.E. Program.

East Longmeadow and South Hadley

  • Nina Calvanese - On October 16, 1998, 14-year old Nina Calvanese of South Hadley was babysitting for a 3-year old and a one-year old in East Longmeadow. She was bathing the youngest when the smoke detectors sounded. Smoke was filling the first floor from the cellar. She evacuated the children, reported the fire and turned off the oil burner switch (at her uncle's direction whom she called next.) She received her fire safety training in the 2nd and 3rd grades in East Longmeadow. The fire department credits her with preventing injuries and limiting the damage from the oil burner blowback.


  • Diane Broncaccio - Diane Broncaccio is a reporter with the Greenfield Newspaper, "The Recorder". Her dedication toward Fire and Life Safety Awareness is present in her articles on fire safety which undoubtedly will have a positive effect on many citizens in the Franklin County Area.


  • Melanie Rose Feinberg - On October 6, 1998, Mrs. Feinberg and her 8-year old daughter Melanie were in the kitchen when a grease fire started on the stovetop. While Mrs. Feinberg attempted to put out the fire, Melanie grabbed the cordless phone, went in the foyer near the garage and called 9-1-1 for help. She calmly reported the fire. Mrs. Feinberg was treated for smoke inhalation. Melanie and her mother credit the Holden S.A.F.E. Program teaching the third grader how to respond correctly.
  • Hannah White - On Sunday October 25, 1998, 5-year old Hannah White and her family were making blueberry muffins. They did not hear the timer go off, and the muffins burned. The smoke set off all the smoke alarms in the house. While Hannah's parents were handling the situation they overheard their kindergartner instruct her younger brothers to get out of the house. She told them, "Come on, get out, let's go." The White's were glad it was not a serious fire emergency, but were delighted to know their youngster would react to one safely. The Holden Fire Department had only made one visit to her school.


  • Holly Campbell - On March 10, 1999, at approximately 9:00 p.m. while on her bed Holly Campbell heard her brother crying. Holly went to her mother's room and discovered a fire in the room. Holly notified the babysitter, got her brother out to safety, and called 9-1-1. In a discussion with Holly after the incident she had learned all about fire and life safety the previous year in third grade.


  • Sean Gurley - On June 16, 1999, 10-year old Sean Gurley and his mother were grilling at home, when his mother noticed the entire propane tank was on fire. Sean went inside, came back out with a fire extinguisher and put out the fire, taking care not to get any closer than necessary. Sean had received several years of fire safety education. Sean has been instrumental in helping his parents take fire safety, particularly smoke detectors and home escape planning, seriously.


  • Brandon Drewek - On Sunday morning May 16, 1999, first grader Brandon Drewek saved his mother's life by calling 9-1-1 for assistance despite his mother's protestation's she was fine and did not wish to go to the hospital. His mother was in the process of making Sunday breakfast when she suddenly felt ill and went into the bathroom where she remained for over a half-hour. Brandon also managed to keep his 4-year old brother calm. His mother suffered from a blood clot near her heart that doctors believe would have been fatal if more time had elapsed.


  • Eric Weiss - On January 28, 2001, Eric Weiss was in the basement of his family's home playing a Nintendo game. When he noticed smoke banking down from the ceiling onto the TV. He called his mom and they discovered the fire in the laundry room. Eric grabbed a cordless phone and call 9-1-1 to report the fire while he and his mother exited the home. Eric's quick and calm actions averted any personal injuries and limited the damage caused by the fire.


  • Jess Lipkind, Max Sherman, and Philip Freidin - In December, 1998, Jess Lipkind, Max Sherman, and Philip Freidin were celebrating Hanukkah with their families at Philip's house. The Hanukkah candles were lit and as Philip leaned over, his shirt caught on fire. Philip was unaware of this, but Jess and Max saw what was happening. They alerted Philip and reacted quickly and calmly. Jess went directly to an adult, while Max stayed with Philip and encouraged him to STOP, DROP and ROLL. Philip didn't move, nor did he panic. This kept the fire from spreading and the situation controllable. The parents had Philip STOP, DROP and ROLL and a potentially serious situation was avoided. Jess, Max and Philip made all the right choices, they remained calm and showed their understanding of the correct actions to take when faced with a fire.


  • Molly Phalen - On the evening of February 23, 1999, Terri Phalen was preparing dinner for her family when the fuzz on her sweater came into contact with the flame from the gas stove. Terri notice the flame on the sleeve and in a panic attempted to take the sweater off while calling out to her husband Michael for assistance. Her five-year old daughter Molly, a kindergarten student at the Jaworek Early Childhood Center saw what happened and said, "Mommy, stop, drop and roll!" Through the S.A.F.E. Program, the fire department had visited her preschool and taught several fire safety lessons. This success story came to light during a fire station tour for Molly's Daisy Girl Scout troop.


  • Jamie Pasquarello - On February 26, 1999, 13-year old Jamie Pasquarello, a seventh grader at the Stacy Middle School, was babysitting for her 21-month old sister while her mother ran a few quick errands. Her sister suffered a seizure and Jamie who had recently graduated from the Supersitter babysitter course, immediately and calmly called 9-1-1 for help. She went to the hospital with her sister where her frantic mother caught up with her. Hospital staff credit Jamie's prompt actions with preventing any harm from coming to her sister.


  • Kristina Connolly, Nicole Connolly, Danielle Enos, Charles Graham and Kim Petruzzi - On February 4, 1999, 5 Norton teenagers saw smoke coming from single family home. They attempted to alert any occupants (fortunately there were none) that the home was on fire, then ran to call the fire department from the nearest phone and then returned to the fire scene to greet arriving firefighters and answer any questions they had. The quick and correct response to the fire emergency by Kristina Connolly, Nicole Connolly, Danielle Enos, Charles Graham and Kim Petruzzi helped to minimize the damage to their neighbor's house.


  • Christopher Bryant - On November 10, 1999, 10-year old Christopher Bryant called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher that he thought his grandmother was not breathing. After dispatching an ambulance to the scene, the 9-1-1 operator gave instructions to Christopher on how to give rescue breathing. Due to his calm and positive attitude, Christopher was able to revive his grandmother before police, fire and EMS arrived. In recounting the story to authorities, Christopher stated he learned about 9-1-1 from his mother and school safety programs.


  • Matthew Hanson - On February 27, 1999, the Hanson family left candles burning on the living room mantle during a dinner party, which burned down and ignited decorations. Second grader Matthew was upstairs with his younger sisters, heard the smoke alarms sound and told his siblings, "remember our home escape plan." He escorted the youngsters outside to the meeting place. Adults in the home put out the fire with an extinguisher that had come to be in the home at Matthew's insistence during his home safety inspection homework.


  • Nicholas Masse - Four-year old Nicholas Masse learned fire safety through the S.A.F.E. Program at his daycare. He noticed a fire in the oven in the kitchen at home and immediately reported it to a grown-up as he had learned to do in his preschool from the Wakefield Fire Department.


  • Donald Crowell - On May 26, 1999, 13-year old Donald Crowell found his diabetic mother unresponsive. He notified 9-1-1, informed them of details of her condition and then attempted to give her glucose paste, which she could not swallow. Donald's knowledge lead him to make important decisions about his mother's condition and to act to ensure her survival by summoning and informing emergency personnel.
  • Jessica Barrett - On September 1, 2000, 6th grader Jessica Barrett and her friend Tanya Richter were out for a morning walk when Tanya fainted and fell to the ground unconscious. Jessica immediately started yelling for help, as she knew her friend had a serious heart condition. Jessica's dad heard her yelling for help that prompted him to check on the problem. Upon finding Tanya on the ground he summoned 9-1-1. Jessica never left Tanya's side reassuring her that help was on the way. Jessica's prompt actions were very helpful to the Westford Fire Department's EMT's and the Emerson Hospital Paramedic's in their treatment of Tanya.

Third-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (1997-1998)



  • Tyler Hawkes - In the spring of 1998, 9-year old Tyler Hawkes burn his hand on a toaster over. In his third grade class he had learned through the S.A.F.E. Program to "cool a burn," so he quickly put his hand under cool running water, keeping the burn to a minimum.


  • Michael Donovan - On March 1, 1998, a furnace backfire that set off the CO detector in the basement at a residents in the Town of Berkley. Michael Donovan awoke to hear the alarm. He woke his mother and brother. Mom called the fire department and upon arrival there were elevated CO readings in the home. According to Michael's mom, "Michael did not panic and did exactly what you have taught the kids to do in case of emergency."


  • Lisa Soohoo - On August 16, 1997, nine-year old Lisa Soohoo called 9-1-1 saying that her father was having trouble breathing and needed an ambulance. She was very calm and gave all the necessary information. When the ambulance arrived, Lisa's father had a weak pulse and was not breathing. Lisa learned from the Brockton Fire Department how to call for help in an emergency and is credited with saving her father's life.

Holyoke and Dennis

  • Melissa Kmon - On July 30, 1997, 8-Year old Melissa Kmon recognized the smell of smoke saw it coming from her summer neighbor's house in Dennis and told a grown-up to call the fire department. She learned her fire safety lessons at school from the Holyoke Fire Department.


  • Matthew Avitable - On July 11, 1998, Matthew Avitable entered his family's kitchen and discovered his grandmother had ignited her bathrobe while cooking. He instructed her to "Stop, Drop and Roll" repeatedly. Matthew's father was in the shower and heard the smoke detector sound. He responded and took over from his son helping to extinguish the clothing fire. Matthew calmly telephoned for emergency assistance. Matthew's grandmother received second and third degree burns on her back and arms and was Lifeflighted to Boston. The Fire Chief and Matthew's family credit the elderly woman's survival and quick recovery to Matthew helping his grandmother to "Stop, Drop and Roll" and reporting the emergency.

North Attleboro

  • Evan Gaffey - Nine-year old Evan Gaffey crawled low under smoke and helped his mother and dog escape a Fire Prevention Week fire in his home. Evan said he learned his fire safety lessons in school from the North Attleboro Fire Department.


  • Tyler and Dylan Barbieri - On March 25, 1998, at 3:47 PM, the Plainville Fire Department responded to the Barbieri residence. The fire department was met outside by Tyler, age 10, and Dylan Barbieri, age 8, and their neighbors. The boys said they come home from school and found the CO detector sounding. Both brothers knowing the danger went to the neighbor's house and called 9-1-1. Upon entering the residence the fire department found a CO reading at 18-20 PPM throughout the structure. Upon further investigation and the children's parents return home, it was determined that the family automobile was warmed up in the garage and emitted the CO.


  • Michael Coterie - On March 3, 1998, Michael Cotreau was in his backyard with a friend when they noticed a light smoke coming from the area of the back of the house. Michael first thought the smoke was coming from the chimney. The smoke became thicker and more black and gray in color. Michael went to his house to ask his father to call 9-1-1. He found his father was in the shower so Michael took it upon himself to dial the emergency number. According to the dispatcher the information that Michael rendered was done in a very methodical and intelligent manner. In talking with Michael directly the fire department found that he learned how to conduct himself when calling on 9-1-1 from his S.A.F.E. program presentations.


Second-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (1996-1997)



  • Steven Lugo - On January 9, 1997, firefighter's responded to a structure fire, after receiving a telephone call on 9-1-1. Steve Lugo, age eleven, awoke to the sound of smoke detectors sounding. He woke other members of his family as he unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the fire located beyond the television. Steven and his family exited the house and waited for the fire department to arrive. Steven related his experience to his classmates.


  • Michael Story and James Williams - On June 8, 1997, six-year-olds Michael Story and James Williams were credited with using the knowledge they had gained the previous week in fire prevention class. The boys noticed smoke coming from his neighbor's house. They had been shown how to react in case of a fire. Michael and James went to the near by street alarm box and pulled the lever. They went to Michael's house to notify his mother what he had done and then back out to show firefighters exactly where the fire was.
  • Jorge Rivas - On March 30, 1997, a suspicious fire broke out in a Brighton apartment building. Twelve-years old Jorge Rivas was babysitting his four brothers and sisters while his mother were out for a short time. Using the lessons he learned from the Boston Fire Department's S.A.F.E. Program, he blocked the door with a blanket when smoke began pouring into the apartment, collected all his brothers and sisters in one room and waved a white cloth out a window to alert firefighters to his location. All five children were carried safely over the ladder from their third floor window.
  • Aaron Pufford - On March 29, 1997, Ten-year-old Aaron Pufford was credited with alerting 21residents to a fire that destroyed a house. Aaron called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers that he needed to be connected with the fire department to report a house fire. Aaron said he heard the smoke detectors going off, saw the smoke and notified others in the building that they needed to get out of the structure. All 21adults and children escaped successfully.
  • Karina Jordan - On May 5, 1997, Karina Jordan, 7-years-old, notified eight members of her family, after she spotted the fire when she was outside the doorway the building. She opened the door slowly, after seeing the smoke and saw the fire on one wall. She closed the door and notified her family of the situation. She said that she learned how to react to a fire when she visited the fire station as part of a tour.


  • Stephanie LePine - Stephanie LePine's dad was making maple syrup on the stove. The ingredients boiled down in the pot and started to burn, causing smoke in the kitchen. Stephanie and her brother crawled low under the smoke enabling them to breathe the fresh air below. She put into action life safety lessons she learned in school as part of the S.A.F.E. Program. The Easthampton Fire and School Departments have worked together to implement the National Fire Protection Association's Learn Not To Burn® Curriculum through the S.A.F.E. Program.
  • Ashlie Shute - On April 23, 1997, Ashlie Shute age ten, was helping he uncle clean some brush in his backyard when she through some sticks onto the fire. Embers flew from the pile and caught her sleeve. Immediately Ashlie stopped, dropped, and rolled to smother the fire. She prevented serious injury to herself and credited her acts to the S.A.F.E. program.


  • Brad Swanson - Eight-year old Brad Swanson on March 14, 1997 made an important call to 9-1-1 only two weeks after a lesson from the fire department on how to phone for emergency help. His mother fell and was lying on the kitchen floor when Brad made the call for help.


  • During Fire Prevention Week, 1996, a young Hyannis girl got off the school bus and let herself into the house. When she opened the door, there was a great deal of smoke. She grabbed the cellular phone; her two dogs and went outside to the family meeting place. From there she telephone the Hyannis Fire Department who quickly removed the pot that had been unintentionally turned on causing the smoke. She had learned to develop and practice a home escape plan from Hyannis Firefighters.


  • Jacquelyn Ciriello - On Nov 15, 1996, Jacquelyn Ciriello awoke to the sound of the radiator sounding in her house. She said she often lays awake and staring out the window. This particular night she noticed fire burning at the house across the street. She ran to her parents who called 9-1-1 to alert the fire department and then ran across the street to check on the people. She was credited with saving ten residents.


  • Jenna Zucker - Jenna Zucker's younger brother stuck something up his nose and began to bleed profusely. Her grandmother does not speak very much English was babysitting the two. Jenna calmly called 9-1-1 as she had learned to do from Longmeadow Firefighters. She also told them what movie her mother was attending so they could find her and bring her to the hospital.
  • Matthew Kusiak - Matthew Kusiak's two-year old sister began to choke on spaghetti. His mother panicked, but Matthew called 9-1-1 without being told by an adult, just as he hard learned from Longmeadow Firefighters. He saved his sister's life.
  • Melanie and Stephanie Dionisi - On April 8, 1997, Melanie Dionisi, a second grade student at the Wolf Swamp school arrived at her grandparents home with her mother and four-year old sister Stephanie to find her grandmother having a diabetic reaction and her grandfather not thinking too clearly. Melanie's mother instructed her to call 9-1-1, but her grandfather did not want an ambulance called. While Mrs. Dionisi and Stephanie argued and physically kept the yelling grandfather from disconnecting the phone call, Melanie calmly called for an ambulance and gave the correct location. These two young girls both took heroic action that put them in some danger following mother's instructions while going against grandfather's wishes. Melanie said she learned to call 9-1-1 during school fire safety classes conducted by the Longmeadow Fire Department.


  • Alicia Anderson - On November 14, 1996, Alicia Anderson's mother became seriously ill. By calling 9-1-1, Alicia was able to calmly summon an ambulance for her mother including giving the dispatcher directions to her apartment.

North Andover

  • Sean P. Brown - On Valentine's Day, 1997, 11-year old Sean P. Brown fell asleep on the couch one night only to awaken to the sound of smoke detectors and a smoke-filled house. He covered his mouth, kept low and crawled out. He told his grandmother to do the same. Sean had received fire safety training in school from the fire department, which includes a fire safety house, which gives children a chance to practice their escape through theatrical smoke.


  • Danielle Thebodo - Eleven-year old Danielle Thebodo as awakened on August 3, 1997 by smoke. She sounded the alarm and awoke her parents. Minutes after the family evacuated flashover occurred and the fire spread to the kitchen and living room blocking the escape route.


  • Eric Huynh - On July 7, 1997, 3-year old Eric Huynh sat on the living room couch at his home. He spotted smoke and fire coming from an attic window from the house across the street. He alerted his mother by screaming "Mom, mom, smoke, smoke." She notified the fire department promptly calling 9-1-1.


  • Two separate classes of Pre-schoolers at YMCA Day Care Centers - On January 8, 1997, two groups of preschoolers at the YMCA calmly evacuated when the fire alarm system activated. The children lined up without prompting from the teachers informed the adults they all needed to "get out and stay out." The children evacuated to a church next door and commented on the protective clothing the responding firefighters wore and explained to one child who had missed the fire safety lessons from the fire department that there was nothing to be afraid of, especially not the firefighters because "they're really nice." The small fire at the "Y" was quickly extinguished.


  • Danielle O. Davis - On July 20, 1997, the smoke detector in Danielle's house alerted her to a fire started by shirt placed over a halogen lamp in a bedroom. Thirteen-year-old Danielle yelled that there was a fire and told everyone to get out of the house and grabbed the portable phone on the way out. Once everyone was out they went to the designated meeting place and called 9-1-1. Due to the combination of a working smoke detector and Danielle's quick thinking and actions, all occupants safely exited the house and the fire was contained to the corner of the bedroom.


  • Christie Forcier - On November 3,1997, a fire broke out in the 2nd floor bedroom due to a malfunctioning light switch. Seventeen-year-old Christie gathered her six brothers and sisters and moved them to a place of safety outside their home. In her effort, she proceeded under the room on fire to literally drag her sister out of the shower to safety. Once outside, she also prevented her younger brother from re-entering the fire building.


First-year of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program (1995-1996)


  • Douglas Rogers - When 7-year old Douglas Rogers awoke March 26, 1996 to the sound of smoke detectors, he knew exactly what to do. He crawled low under the smoke, woke up the rest of his family, and went outside to the family meeting place. He learned this in school from Abington Firefighters. The Abington Fire Department has had a public fire education program for many-years without benefit of assistance from the S.A.F.E. Program.


  • David and Jonathan Teken of Ayer are credited by their father for saving his life. When the Ayer S.A.F.E. Educator gave them the homework assignment to check the smoke detectors at home, the boys nagged their father to put fresh batteries in all the smoke detectors. When a fire unfortunately broke out in their home on November 7, 1996, the family escaped safely. Mr. Teken decided to re-enter the burning building with a fire extinguisher despite his sons warning not to because they had learned to "Get Out and Stay Outside." While inside Mr. Teken was overcome by the smoke. He says he managed to escape because he heard his son's voice saying "crawl low under smoke" which was one of the fire safety lessons he had brought home from school.
  • Nicholas Abbot - In early 1996, Ayer fourth grader Nicholas Abbot helped his younger sister escape a nighttime fire in their home. The working smoke detector woke up the entire family after and oil burner blow back sent smoke throughout the house.


  • Crystal Canizales - There was a fire in an upstairs room on August 12, 1996 at 6 PM in Crystal's house. Her mother told her to get out and call the fire department. Crystal grabbed her younger brother and sister and left went to the neighbor's in her duplex house. The neighbors were not home so she walked down the street to the nearest pay phone and calmly reported the fire as she had learned in school.


  • The Lewis Elementary School - The Lewis School is in a dense, residential neighborhood of triple-deckers. One week after the SAFE Educators had visited the school; a fourth grade classroom looked out the window and saw a triple-decker house on fire. They had their teacher call the office and report the fire. The Everett Fire Department credits the class' quick reporting of the fire with saving the homes on either side of the fire. The children evacuated the school and because the wind was driving smoke into the schoolyard they had to evacuate one-quarter mile away to the high school. They did this in a calm and orderly manner while there was a great deal of noise and confusion around them as apparatus responded to the scene past their evacuation route.
  • Bethany LaRossa - Bethany LaRossa was a sixth grader last Memorial Day weekend when there was a fire in her home. During the fire she was unable to unlock the front door to escape and calmly without panic remembered to use her second way out. Her family had practiced their home escape plan as a homework assignment the week before.
  • Joe Keefe - Joe Keefe had fire on Thanksgiving, 1994. His father and brother went out one way and he and his mother another. Joe prevented his frantic mother from re-entering the burning building to look for them. He remembered to "Get Out and Stay Out" as he was taught in school, most likely saving his mother's life. Since then he has been involved in the S.A.F.E. Program as a peer educator teaching others through his experience.


  • Kristen Gaudet - Seven-year old Kristen Gaudet is credited with helping to save her little brother. He suffered a medical emergency and while their mother was attending to him, Kristen went to a neighbor's house, asked her to call 9-1-1, gave her correct address and calmly described the nature of her emergency. The Holland Fire Department, thorough its S.A.F.E. Program had been teaching the second grade about knowing their home addresses and how to call 9-1-1 for an emergency.


  • Corey Byrnes - Last spring, 7-year old Corey Byrnes of Lincoln safely evacuated his brother from a fire in his home and calmly reported the fire to 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house.


  • Aaron Weinstein - On May 21, 1996, 5-year old Aaron Weinstein saw smoke coming from the apartment next door and heard smoke detectors when he and his mother returned home from riding their bikes. His mother ran into the smoke-filled apartment to see if anyone was hurt. Aaron called for help to get out and to call 9-1-1 for help. Mrs. Weinstein did just that and credits a fire department visit to his school for teaching him how to react. The cause of the fire was a young teen re-heating a pizza, box and all, in the oven.


  • Jackie Majeu was in the second grade girl last school-year when she reacted properly to a fire emergency based on what she learned from the S.A.F.E. Program. A mattress ignited from smoking materials. Her mother bravely attempted to put out the fire with a pan of water Jackie told her the family should evacuate and call the fire department from a neighbor's which they did.


Prior to the S.A.F.E. Program

  • Michael Kelly - On October 2, 1996 four boys had a campfire in the woods in Foxborough and decided to use some gasoline. Michael Kelly, then 11, attempted to stomp the fire out. He had unknowingly splashed some gasoline on himself and his sneaker and sock caught fire. He received second and third degree burns on his bare leg. Since recovering from his stay at the Shriners Burns Hospital he and Mark Zonghetti, another of the four boys, have participated in the Foxborough Fire Departments fire prevention program, sharing their story with other pre-teens.
  • Joseph Reddick - On October 13, 1995, 11-year old Joseph Reddick was watching three younger siblings when a fire broke out in his house. Following his mother's instructions and what he learned in school, he instructed his nine-year-old brother Tracy Spencer to telephone the fire department. The two older brothers safely evacuated all four kids; they waited at their special meeting place for the fire department and were able to say yes we're all out safely and to tell them where the fire was. No one was hurt and the fire was kept very small.
  • Joshua Jansen - On October 16, 1995, a 13-year old Acushnet boy smelled smoke, called the fire department and exited the home. He waited outside for the fire department that found a light ballast smoking. In a short time, a major fire would have erupted if it weren't for the quick thinking of seventh grader Joshua Jansen.
  • Erik Reusch - In 1994, 9-year old Erik Reusch was credited with saving 25 people including a handicapped woman when a fire broke out in his Dartmouth apartment building. He awake at 2:43 am to the sound of the smoke detector aroused his family and as they exited the burning building they banged on doors alerting other residents to the fire. A wheelchair bound woman did not believe there was a real fire, but young Erik insisted and wheeled her outside.


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