Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Yekaterinburg resident awarded for saving neighbors from fire

On Monday, Yekaterinburg Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov awarded 15-year-old resident Vladislav Prikhodko the city's "Courage on Fire" medal for saving his three neighbors from a house fire.

"On May 10, a neighbor's apartment, in which there were two children and a grandmother, broke out in fire," Puchkov said during the ceremony, according to ITAR-TASS. "Vladislav proved himself heroically."

According to the neighbor's account, Prikhodko instructed another neighbor to dial the fire department before entering the burning apartment himself, retrieving all three occupants and bringing them to safety. Prikhodko reportedly covered his face with a wet towel to prevent smoke inhalation.

During the awards ceremony, Puchkov also awarded 15 other medals to members of his Emergency Situations staff, ITAR-TASS reports.