A teen is receiving praise after rescuing his 7-month-old cousin from a fire in a family member’s home. Jarraine ‘LJ’ Gray of Kinston, North Carolina will be honored by local officials for his heroic actions.
Gray, 17, was sitting outside of the home when his grandmother noticed smoke, as reported by WCTI. Knowing the baby was asleep inside the home, Gray re-entered the burning home, wearing nothing but socks and basketball shorts. “I ran back to get the baby, he was on my momma’s room, I ran back to get the baby and back through the front door because I couldn’t get out the back,” Gray said to WCTI.
Fire officials stated the blaze was started in the kitchen and was caused by overcooked food on the stove. The home is said to be a total loss due to the severe damage and left 11 members of the family without a home.
“It’s amazing, he didn’t event think about his own life to go save somebody else’s, that was awesome,” said Demetria Gray, mother of LJ Gray.
“For him to make that decision, to go into the house was honorable and heroic,” Capt. William Barss of the Kinston Fire Department said to Kinston.com. “This young man, with no turnout gear, ran in to save a life. He did his duty as a loved one and a member of his family and saved a life. We are very proud of him.”
Gray will be honored for his courageous actions at an upcoming town hall meeting. In addition, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to assist them with the devastating loss.
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