10-year-old Cub Scout to recieve award for saving family from fire

(WXYZ) - Andrew Palmer, a 10-year-old Cub Scout, will receive the Heroism Award from Boy Scouts of America for saving his family from a fire.

Palmer is a fifth grade student at Bingham Farms Elementary School. Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley will also present him with a Tribute Award from the office of Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence.

The cub scout was 9 years old when he saved his mother and three siblings from a fire that occurred in their Southfield home on August 6 of last year. 

Palmer's father was not home at the time of the fire, but his mother and siblings were. Palmer told his mother, then ran down the hall yelling "fire!" and woke up his sister. His mother, Jann, woke up Palmer's two brothers.

Bingham Elementary School Principal Russ Facione said Palmer's efforts are a great example to other students at the school.

"We always say our motto is we're bringing our Bingham best, and Andrew's really personified that."

Facione said the school recognized Palmer's efforts last year, and he is happy to see the Boy Scouts of America give Palmer the award.

No one was injured from the fire. The Palmers moved out for about 8 months while the house was renovated.

The Boy Scouts of America website says "The Heroism Award may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimum risk to self."

The award ceremony is at 7 p.m. at Bingham Farms Elementary School.

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