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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Award for Teen that Pulled Mom from Burning Home

                    Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, PFD Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to a house fire with a report of a person trapped inside. It was about 9:30 pm when firefighters arrived at the 2-story home in the 6300 block of Naval Avenue in Lanham and encountered heavy fire conditions inside the house.

Prior to the Fire Departments arrival, 13-year-old house resident Taji Lee was able to run to a neighbor’s house and alert them to the fire and asked them to call 911. It was then that Taji returned and carried his mother out of the burning home “fireman style” to the safety of the exterior.

Karen Lee suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) and has limited mobility.

If it had not been for the efforts of 8th grader Taji Lee in rescuing his mother it is quite possible she may have suffered fatal injuries. Taji, his mother and sister made it out of the house without injury. Their home was severely damaged by the fire but they are safe.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Prince George’s County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Alvin L. Crawley and Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks will attend a school assembly to recognize Taji Lee and present him with the Fire Chiefs Award.

WHAT: Award Ceremony for 8th Grade Student

WHEN: Friday, December 14, 2012, 9:30 am

WHERE: Thomas Johnson Middle School, 5401 Barker Place, Lanham, MD

WHO: Taji Lee, his mother Karen Lee, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks, firefighter/paramedics, students, teachers and staff.