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Unsung hero - School honours student who rescued siblings from fire

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Principal of Norwich Primary School Nicky-Ann Vassell, along with Anna-Kay Martin (right) and (in front, from left) Tavari Smith, Alaisha Chin, and Jevaughn Miller.

PORT ANTONIO, Portland:

It was an emotional Jamaica Day celebration for students and teachers at Norwich Primary School in Portland, where 11-year-old Anna-Kay Martin was recognised as an unsung hero for unselfishly rescuing her siblings from a fire.

Martin, who suffered burns to both arms, was the centre of the celebration following her act of gallantry on the night of February 6, when she bravely rescued her three siblings, three-year-old Alaisha Chin, six-year old Tavari Smith, and eight-year-old Jevaughn Miller from a house which was gutted by fire.

The four students received two packages of food and personal items from residents and other donors who, upon learning about the plights of the students, extended kindness in their time of need.

 

LOST EVERYTHING

 

School principal Nicky-Ann Vassell said it is a sad moment for the school population, as they are still at a loss as to the circumstances that led to the burning of the four-bedroom house on that fateful night.

"They lost everything in the fire,' said Vassell.

"Anna-Kay is our unsung hero, as not only did she put selfishness aside, but she risked her life to save her three siblings, who would have perished in that fire. She suffered injuries to both arms, but despite that, her only intention was to rescue her sister and two brothers. We are proud of her act of bravery and we are hoping that others will assists with the rebuilding their lives," she added.

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