Seventeen year old Taequan Mitchell received a plaque on
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from Savannah Fire Chief Charles Middleton. The young man, who is a student at the School
of Liberal Studies at Savannah High, is being lauded as a hero for rescuing his
elderly neighbor from a burning home Monday night.
Authorities say Taequan’s mother and uncle noticed smoke
coming from the house across the street
just before 10pm on Monday. They sent
Taequan over to investigate and he found the air conditioning unit in 85 year
old Stephen Solomon’s bedroom window was on fire. He called to his mother to dial 911 and went
into the home where he found Mr. Solomon asleep in the burning room. He woke up his neighbor and pulled him from
the house, then waited with him until Savannah Fire arrived on the scene to
extinguish the fire.
Savannah Fire officials say, not only did Taequan “exhibit
exemplary bravery, he had the foresight to close the door of the burning room,
which helped to prevent the fire and smoke from spreading.”
To see more photos from the award ceremony, see our SmugMug gallery here.