10:30 p.m., Aug. 31)
Young Orléans heroine receives city bravery award
By Fred Sherwin
young girl's heroic actions in leading her two siblings
out of harm's way during a kitchen fire in July, has been
recognized by Ottawa city council which bestowed 13-year-old
Annaka Boucher with a Commendation of Bravery on Wednesday.
was babysitting her brother Zachary and her sister Veronica
in their Bradley Estates home when the smoke detector
went off. Although she couldn't see any smoke, she could
smell something like "burning rubber".
Boucher proudly holds up the Commendation
of Bravery citation she received prior to
Wednesday's city council meeting. City of
her family's "Home Escape Plan" developed by
her parents for just such an emergency, Boucher led her
two siblings to a neighbour's house and called 9-1-1.
quick actions and an equally quick response by the Ottawa
Fire Department managed to limit most of the damage to
the kitchen where the fire started in a toaster, and spared
the lives of the family's two cats.
presenting the commendation to Annaka, Ottawa Mayor Jim
Watson used the opportunity to encourage families who
have not yet done so to establish a emergency home escape
encourage all residents to follow the example of Annaka
and the Boucher family by establishing and practicing
a home fire-escape plan, said Mayor Watson. Although
the fire caused some damage, we are thankful that there
were no injuries in a situation that could have been much
on how to develop a home escape plan can be found at ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/fire-services/escape-planning.
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