Nine lives were saved, including a dog’s, thanks to the heroic actions of one small boy. Noah Woods did the unthinkable when his quick thinking and bravery saved his entire family from a house fire. Barely old enough for Kindergarten, 5-year-old Noah Woods is now being honored with a medal for saving lives.
Awoken By Flames But Didn’t Hesitate
The young boy was asleep in his room that he shared with his 2-year-old sister, Lilly. An electrical outlet had been overloaded and caused a fire to start in the bedroom. Noah didn’t even have a second thought. He quickly got his sister and helped her climb out of the only exit available – an open window. Once his sister was safe, Noah climbed back into the burning house and rescued his dog!
“I was in my bed. I don’t know where the flames came from,” Noah said.
The brave boy didn’t even think twice or worry about his safety.
“I picked Lilly up, got to the window with Lilly, got the dog and got out. I got myself out,” the tiny hero told wsfa.com.
But it didn’t stop there. Noah ran next door to his uncle’s house and woke him up. His uncle then helped get the remaining family members out of the home before the fire department arrived on the scene.
“We’ve seen children alert their families before,” Bartow County Fire Department Chief Dwayne Jamison told CNN. “But for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this… that’s pretty extraordinary.”
Noah and four members of his family were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Despite the burns on his hands and arms, his singed hair, and the traumatic events that had just unfolded, Noah was still able to crack an adorable and proud smile from his hospital room.
“By the grace of God, all nine of our loved ones were able to get out of our home,” Noah’s grandfather David Woods posted on GoFundMe. “If it wasn’t for Noah, we may not be here today.”
The Biggest Honors Given To The Smallest Hero
Bartow County Fire Department is honoring Noah with the coveted Lifesaving Award and making him an honorary firefighter. Even Governor Brian Kemp is calling Noah a hero!
A ceremony was held this week where community members gathered in the firehouse bay to honor Noah. In addition to a pretty sweet cake and a cool set of firefighter pajamas, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor made February 14th “Noah Woods Day” in Bartow County. Noah is one incredible little boy who deserves every bit of it!
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