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Picton Youth to Receive Fire Safety Action Award

A Picton boy will receive a Fire Safety Action Award on June 19th in Toronto. Seven year-old Alex Korchuk was quick to react to a smoke alarm in his home and possibly saved the lives of his father and two brothers. Last December, Alex was asleep in his home in Picton, when he was awakened by the sound of a smoke alarm. He ran to his father’s bedroom and roused him from sleep, telling him the smoke alarms were sounding and there was smoke everywhere. His father told Alex to wake up his two older brothers and take them to the mudroom. Alex ran to each of his brothers’ bedrooms and told them there was a fire. He led them to the mudroom, where they waited while their father extinguished the fire and called the fire department. Alex had learned what to do during a fire situation in his Grade 2 class just a few months earlier. His brothers had also learned about home escape planning at school and the family had discussed what to do if a fire were to occur.

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