Four Students Given "Reno Fire Chief Commendation Award"`

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 5/23/2014 1:37 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Four students at Swope Middle School were given the "Reno Fire Chief Commendation Award" early Friday morning for their heroic efforts on May 19th.

Students Tyler Geraci, Briar Gracey, Jayde Matcham and Kaylee Lamothe not only jumped into action to help fight a fire, but also saved someone's life. On May 19th the students were just getting out of school when they noticed smoke and flames shooting out of a home on Ferris Street. The students helped the resident inside get out and also grabbed two fire hoses and started putting water on the flames while firefighters rushed to the scene.

"We just kinda saw a lot of smoke so we don't really know, it just kicked in to make sure everything was ok," Tyler Geraci said.

Reno resident Beverly Marcroft says she's very thankful for their bravery. She was inside the home at the time.

"The quick action taken by four Swope Middle School students and citizen Jose Marquez turned potential tragedy into an example of courage," Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said.

He says the students were selected for the award because they jumped into action, they didn't pull out their cell phones to take pictures or ignore the situation.

"These four students did the opposite," Chief Hernandez said.

Hernandez says the students not only showed bravery but also selfless efforts.

"It feels good knowing we did something right," Briar Gracey said.

The good deed did not go unnoticed.  The four students were given "The Reno Fire Chiefs Commendation Award."

"This is a very very significant action for our we don't give commendation awards often," Chief Hernandez said.

Not only did the four brave students walk away with these certificates, they also walked away with a thank you, from the woman whose life may have been much different today,  if it wasn't for their bravery.

"I'm going to remember how I didn't keep just moving, how I stopped to help someone I didn't even know," Jayde Matchum said.

Chief Hernandez has this to say to the students, "job well done and if they're any indication of our future, Reno's in good hands."

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