September 20, 2008

Positivity: Schoolboy hero saves dad engulfed in flames

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:57 am

From Northamptonshire, UK:

Last Updated: 19 September 2008 9:55 PM

A schoolboy has been hailed a hero after putting out a fire that had engulfed his father.

Alex Taschini acted quickly to douse flames that threatened to spiral out of control after his father, Steve, poured petrol on a bonfire in the back garden of his house in Great Doddington.

The youngster used a garden hose to spray cold water on his father, whose face and head had been set alight after a huge fireball leapt out of the flames in the garden of his village home to the east of Northampton.

He has now been honoured with a bravery award, presented to him by the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Steve Taschini said: “Alex was fantastic, because in the face of what was a dramatic incident he kept very calm.

“He showed maturity to put the flames out so soon, otherwise I would have been in serious trouble.”

Alex’s mother, Lorna, said her son’s actions were even more remarkable due to the fact that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

His condition affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people.

She said:”I am particularly proud that he did not panic and was able to stay calm during something like that, which must have been very frightening for him. It was just remarkable really.

“It does not bear thinking about what the consequences could have been if he had not managed to put out the flames.”

Alex, 12 at the time of the incident and now 13, was presented with his bravery award at a ceremony at the Moulton fire station on the edge of Northampton. …..

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