Fayetteville Fire Department recognized Jackson McRae as a Junior Life-Saver for what he did on June 10, 2020.
NEW: 11-year-old Jackson McRae was recognized as a Junior Life-Saver for his heroic efforts by the Fayetteville Fire Department after saving his family’s life. McRae used the family's fire extinguisher and extinguished the oven fire. This saved his family’s life. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/TUbSQ0f0sx— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) September 2, 2020
On that day a fire broke out inside McRae's home in Fayetteville.
He kept calm.
"I wasn't really panicking, but at the same time, I was," Jackson recalled. "I didn't want my stuff burned up so I started shaking it (fire extinguisher) and pushed the lever up."
Instead, he got out of the shower, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and put out the flames. He then got his family and his neighbors out of harm's way.
He credits his quick-thinking to firefighters who taught his class fire safety tips a few years back.