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Zachary Higgins Recognized

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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:09 AM

 

Dr. Rahul Gupta, West Virginia Commissioner for Public Health, Kenneth Tyree, West Virginia State Fire Marshall and Vicki Hildreth, Coordinator for the EMS for Children program awarded 13-year-old Zachary Higgins several awards and commendations, including a Junior Mountaineer Award and medal from the Governor's office, along with a Certificate of Recognition from WVOEMS EMSC program for the heroism he displayed on March 29, 2015.
Zachary, who is challenged by Down's Syndrome, saved his father's life when the camper trailer they were sleeping in caught fire.  At great risk of his own life, Zachary woke up his father, George Frankowski,and helped him out of the trailer with only minutes before the entire structure was fully engulfed in flames.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, West Virginia Commissioner for Public Health, Kenneth Tyree, West Virginia State Fire Marshall and Vicki Hildreth, Coordinator for the EMS for Children program awarded 13-year-old Zachary Higgins several awards and commendations, including a Junior Mountaineer Award and medal from the Governor's office, along with a Certificate of Recognition from WVOEMS EMSC program for the heroism he displayed on March 29, 2015.

Zachary, who is challenged by Down's Syndrome, saved his father's life when the camper trailer they were sleeping in caught fire.  At great risk of his own life, Zachary woke up his father, George Frankowski, and helped him out of the trailer with only minutes before the entire structure was fully engulfed in flames.

The links below are to news coverage and photos of the event.

http://theintermountain.com/page/content.detail/id/587321/Teen-honored-for-heroics.html?nav=5014

http://www.alleghenymountainradio.org/pendleton-hero-honored/

http://wvpress.org/news/pendleton-county-teen-honored-for-heroics/

 

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