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Eight-year-old honored for saving family from fire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Honored for her courage and bravery, eight-year-old Anaya Suggs considers herself a hero.

"Because I saved my family," she said.

The Memphis Fire Department agreed, and Wednesday, Suggs was presented with a Civilian Award.

"She was able to alert her family that there was a fire and they were able to escape," said Director of Fire Services Alvin Benson. "That's what it's all about."
 
On July 24, Anaya was at home with her two brothers, two sisters and grandfather when she noticed the house was on fire.

"It was smoke started coming from the room. Then I got all four of my brothers and sisters out of the house.  Then I woke up my Grand Dad," she said.

Iesha Callicutt, Anaya's mom, arrived home moments later to find her house engulfed in flames.

"I just broke down and prayed," she said. "That's what I had to do.  Pray to God.  I didn't want to think the worst."
 
Callicutt said children playing with fireworks in the kitchen started the fire.  Anaya, a third grader at Frayser Elementary, knew she had to react quickly.  She remembered what she learned during a fire safety program at the Memphis Fire Museum. 

"Stop, drop and roll and keep your family safe," she said.

And thanks to Anaya's quick thinking, she was immediately able to keep her family away from danger.

"I'm proud of her because it was a blessing she was there," Callicutt said. "If she wasn't there, I don't know what could've happened."

Wednesday morning, Anaya brought her brothers and sisters with her to the Fire Museum, so they too could learn about fire safety and prevention.

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