Honoring local heroes. On Wednesday, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety recognized two youngsters for their
quick thinking and acts of bravery in the line of fire.
The Grants Pass teen heroes received the Public Safety Honor Citation, which is awarded to a private citizen who performs an act of valor involving serious risk.
Stormie Bradshaw discovered a fire burning at her Burns Avenue home. The 17 year-old utilized a fire extinguisher and helped confine the fire, which reduced risk to firefighters.
And 12 year-old Robert Brooks received a commendation for his
extraordinary actions. In late June, Brooks risked life and limb to rescue a family of four from this fiery Grants Pass home that was burning down around them.
The young boy was staying at a family friend's home on Fruitdale Drive, when the eldest daughter accidentally caught a dress on fire.
The rest of the family was sleeping at the time. Robert alerted the family, grabbed two of the children and got them to safety. In an effort to do so, he used his bike to plow through the sliding glass window to save the family.
Firefighters say without Robert's quick action, the outcome could have been tragic.