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4/13/04 - Hallsville

Seven Year Old Boy Receives Medal Of Honor

A new hero in East Texas, and he's only 7 years old.

Nathanial Shannon was given the medal of honor Tuesday night in Hallsville. Last month, Nathaniel got his brother and sister out of their burning home when he saw flames coming from a back room. Nathaniel then went back in to get his father.

Tuesday night, he had a few lessons in staying safe in case of a fire. "Just stay calm and if your clothes catch on fire, don't start running lay down and start rolling," says Nathaniel.

"I don't know what I'd do without him 'cause if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have everybody here," says his mother Amanda.

The Shannon family has been staying with relatives. They did not have insurance. If you would like to help, a fund has been set up at the First State Bank in Hallsville.

Amy Tatum, reporting. 

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