A 15-year-old Boy Scout was deemed a
hero and recognized as an honorary firefighter Tuesday night at the Nacogdoches
City Council Meeting.
"He saved a church and saving a
church is always a good thing," said Anthony Oliphant, Father.
Ketavian Oliphant was attending an
Eagle Scout ceremony at the North Street Church of Christ in March.
Oliphant said he heard a beeping noise
and smelled something burning from down the hall.
"I went in there and the whole kitchen
was filled with smoke," said Ketavian Oliphant.
Officials say a meal was being
prepared for after the meeting and left unattended when the fire started.
"I felt my way through the smoke
to the kitchen and I found the fire extinguisher and I sprayed it out,"
Church and fire officials say because
of Ketavian's quick and decisive action no damage was done to the kitchen and
guests were able to enjoy the reception after the ceremony as planned.
"When we find out about ordinary
citizens that aren't necessarily trained not necessarily equipped but are doing
something that goes about and beyond tonight we get a great opportunity to
recognize that," said Keith Kiplinger, Nacogdoches Fire Chief.
And his father says this moment of
heroism was preparation for his dream career.
"He said he wanted to be a
firefighter, so that's a good look right there if he wants to grow up and be a
firefighter," said Anthony Oliphant.
Ketavian has been Boy Scout for eight years
and fire officials say his choices are a perfect reflection of the
"The Boy Scout's motto is to be
prepared and in this instance Ketavian was prepared," said Kiplinger.
Officials from the North Street Church
of Christ also presented Ketavian with a proclamation of thanks.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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