Safety Training Allows 4 year-old to Save Family

By David Hench
The Portland Press Herald

GORHAM, Maine — A 4-year-old boy who studied fire safety at his day-care center a few weeks ago used what he learned to help his family escape safely from a blaze in their basement apartment Monday.

Joseph Lamoin, who will turn 5 this month, woke at 5 a.m. to the smell and sight of smoke and did as he was taught.

He crawled, beneath the smoke, to his mother’s room, where he woke her and his 4-year-old sister.

The three crawled up the stairs of the house at 136 Day Road to where Joseph’s grandmother was sleeping, and everyone got out of the home safely, said Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre.
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