9-year-old recognized for his help during emergency

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Fire Department presented a 9-year-old boy with a Portland Fire Department challenge coin and letter of commendation to recognize his actions while assisting in the treatment of his grandmother during a recent medical emergency.

9-year-old Nicholas Burnham of Portland was at his grandmother's house when she experienced a medical emergency. Nicholas called 9-1-1 and helped his grandmother remain calm while also providing the dispatcher with critical information.

Nicholas is a 3rd grader at Riverton School. He was presented with a Portland Fire Department challenge coin, a department t-shirt, and a hat as a gesture of thanks for a job well done.

"Your quick action and calm demeanor in the face of this incident was noticed by bystanders, emergency dispatchers, and responders from the Portland Fire Department," Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria stated in his letter to Nicholas.


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