At just 8-years-old, Harrison Holt is being hailed as a hero.
As reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, on July 23, a fire engulfed Harrison’s home in Dummer, New Hampshire, and Harrison knew just what to do. Harrison’s father, John Holt explained to TODAY that he had finished mowing the lawn and parked the lawnmower in the family’s barn when twenty minutes later, he saw smoke coming from the room that linked the barn to the house.
“I ran out, threw open the door and grabbed the fire extinguisher,” Holt told TODAY. After numerous attempts to put out the fire, he ran to alert his children to call 911 and to get out of the house. Holt said that as he continued to put out the flames, he saw that Harrison was calm and collected.
Harrison waited by the family’s designated emergency meeting spot- a big oak tree right outside the family’s property and he spoke with a 911 operator on the phone in one hand, while holding his baby sister with the other. “He was standing there as cool as the other side of the pillow, just chatting with 911,” Holt said.
As a result of Harrison’s bravery, he was named an honorary member of the Milan-Dummer Fire Department by fire chief Bud Chapman, who surprised Harrison with a real firefighter badge. While the family has a lot of rebuilding to do, they have received an outpouring of support from the Dummer community.
“There are hundreds of people that we don’t even know sending us gifts, clothes and gift cards,” Holt said. “It’s been absolutely crazy, to be honest with you.” Holt’s wife, Heather, who was away at the time of the fire says that there’s son’s heroism has been a silver lining in this incident. “It’s been phenomenal,” Holt said. “Believe it or not, it’s been a really good week and a half.”
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[Featured Image Credit: New Hampshire Union Leader/John Holt]