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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Aug. 31)
Young Orléans heroine receives city bravery award

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 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.

Boucher 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".

Annaka Boucher proudly holds up the Commendation of Bravery citation she received prior to Wednesday's city council meeting. City of Ottawa photo

Remembering 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.

Boucher's 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.

In 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 plan.

“I 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 worse."

Tips 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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