Washington boy, 12, honored for saving brother who fell into bonfire

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Twelve-year-old Jack Tapani received the Fire Chief's Life Saving Award in front of Woodland Middle School on Wednesday.

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. — Firefighters say if it wasn’t for one brother’s heroic quick actions, his little brother might not be alive today, KPTV reports.

Twelve-year-old Jack Tapani received the Fire Chief’s Life Saving Award in front of Woodland Middle School on Wednesday.

Clark County Fire & Rescue teams said back in April, Jack’s brother Louis suffered a seizure and fell face first into a bonfire. Jack jumped to action pulling his brother from the fire.

Fire crews said Jack did all the right things.

“I told him on scene that day, ‘hey if you want a job, come on down.’ You know, obviously he’s only 12 but like I said, he did everything right. His instincts were perfect. He knew the critical situation and knew he had to respond, and it made out job that much easier,” said Capt. David Greenwood with Clark County Fire & Rescue.

Jack also received a challenge coin from the Fire Chief, which isn’t normally given out, and a department patch.