Rapid City, SD
Two Rapid City students are being awarded for their bravery following a fire last month.
It was a scary night back in February when a fire started at a home along Castle Heights Place. Five kids were inside.
"We were trying to go out the front door and it was blocked by a bunch of smoke, and Cameron and my sisters went out the back door," 11-year-old Julianna Steidley said.
But everyone made it out safely thanks to the quick thinking of an 11 and 13 year old.
"They did everything right, they had a secondary exit, they didn't waste time, they ran through the snow to the meeting place and the thing that is remarkable about what Cameron did, is he made multiple trips back and forth and it was certainly outstanding what he did," Rapid City Fire Department's Jim Bussell said.
Today both Cameron and Julianna were awarded the Civilian Lifesaving Citations, a patch, and a challenge coin for their actions.
"Just trying to get my sisters out was the first priority," Cameron Steidley, 13 years old said.
The Steidley family had an escape plan in place so the kids knew exactly what to do.
"We talked about it with our parents that, that would be our escape plan, just go over to our landlord’s house because that would be the safest idea and it was away from the fire," Cameron Steidley said.
Which is why fire officials encourage others to have a plan too.
"It's one thing to have a plan, but it's a complete other thing to make sure the plan is practiced and well known by everyone in the home," Bussell said.
The Civilian Lifesaving Citation is the highest award the fire department awards to civilians.
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