11-year-old given 'Junior Life-Saver' award for saving family, neighbors from fire

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
11-year-old Fayetteville boy saves family from burning home
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Jackson's quick thinking earned him the recognition of the Fayetteville Fire Department as they plan to give him a letter of recognition and a chief's coin.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- The 11-year-old boy who saved his family from a fire has been recognized for his heroic efforts.

Fayetteville Fire Department recognized Jackson McRae as a Junior Life-Saver for what he did on June 10, 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.