The Harlan Fiscal Court recognized a Harlan County sixth grader during a meeting on Tuesday for being responsible for waking his family up and helping get them out of the house when the structure caught fire.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley called Christopher Nolan Blanton up to be recognized.
“The next item on the agenda is a special proclamation,” Mosley said. “Is Christopher Nolan Blanton with us today?”
Blanton made his way to the front of the room to stand with Mosley.
“Christopher is not your typical 11-year-old kid,” Mosley said. “He did something pretty remarkable a short time ago.”
Mosley explained Blanton’s family home caught fire.
“He was the only one that woke up and smelled the smoke,” Mosley told the court. “He made his way to his parents’ bedroom and woke them up. At that time, his dad got up and opened the door to find the entire house fully engulfed in flames.”
Mosley explained a window had to be kicked out in order for the family to escape the blaze.
“For this young man’s heroic efforts to save his family from the fire, we want to do a proclamation today to recognize him,” Mosley said.
Mosley read the proclamation for the court.
The proclamation states Blanton, who lives in Mary Alice and attends James A. Cawood Elementary School, exhibited extraordinary heroism without thought for his own safety by waking his father and assisting his family in escaping the burning structure.
Mosley presented Blanton with a copy of the proclamation, but that was not the only thing.
“We’ve got something else for you,” Mosley told Blanton.
Mosley then exited the courtroom for a few seconds and returned with a new bicycle, which he presented to Blanton.
“We know you probably lost a lot in that fire,” Mosley said. “We want to give you this bicycle for your act of heroism…we’re proud of you.”
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