A 5-year-old Georgia boy is scheduled to become an honorary firefighter Friday for saving his family from a house fire.
Bartow County resident Noah Woods was asleep in a bedroom he shared with his 2-year-old sister when he awoke to flames and smoke, fire officials say.
The quick-thinking boy pulled his sister out of bed and carried her to safety through the bedroom window, according to the Bartow County Fire Department.
Once he was sure she was safe, Woods went back into the burning house and rescued his family’s dog, fire officials say.
At that point, the flames had engulfed much of the home, so Woods went next door and woke up his uncle, who helped the youth get the other members of his family out of the house. All totaled, fire officials say Woods saved seven lives.
“We’ve seen children alert their families before,” says Bartow County Fire Department Chief Dwayne Jamison. “But for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this … that’s pretty extraordinary.”