Lauren Backstrom

Sugar Creek Township Fire Department's Risk Watch® Program leads to success story

Blog Post created by Lauren Backstrom Employee on May 29, 2012

Ten-year old Victoria Lyons learned about the importance of knowing how to contact the fire department in an emergency as part of the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department Risk Watch® Program. This lesson was put into action on March 6, 2012 when she and her older sister Blake (age 13) arrived home and saw a large amount of smoke coming from the back yard. Both girls looked out the window and discovered the smoke was coming from their neighbor’s yard. The girls went to investigate. They discovered their neighbor leaning against a fence, his clothing partially burned from his body. Victoria ran back to the house and called 9-1-1. Blake pulled the man away from the burning field behind him. Victoria had learned how to contact the fire department and how to stay calm through the Risk Watch program taught in all fourth grade classrooms.

Fire Safety Educator Elizabeth Gulley of the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department, New Palestine, IN submitted this success story to NFPA. The girls were recognized for their bravery at an award ceremony - congrats girls!