Nacogdoches Boy Scout honored for extinguishing church kitchen f - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Nacogdoches Boy Scout honored for extinguishing church kitchen fire

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

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," said Ketavian.

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 organization.

"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.

Copyright 2013 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Fatal crash in Titus Co.

    Fatal crash in Titus Co.

    Saturday, May 27 2017 4:15 AM EDT2017-05-27 08:15:28 GMT

    A one-vehicle crash in Titus County has left one dead and others injured.

    More >>

    A one-vehicle crash in Titus County has left one dead and others injured.

    More >>
  • UT-Tyler softball wins in blowout fashion at World Series

    UT-Tyler softball wins in blowout fashion at World Series

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-05-27 04:12:41 GMT
    UT-Tyler won 13-0.UT-Tyler won 13-0.

    UT Tyler pitcher Alaina Kissinger threw a complete-game shutout where her team gave her an 8-0 lead before she delivered her first pitch in a 13-0 win over Amherst College on Friday as the Patriots improved to 2-0 in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium Complex.

    More >>

    UT Tyler pitcher Alaina Kissinger threw a complete-game shutout where her team gave her an 8-0 lead before she delivered her first pitch in a 13-0 win over Amherst College on Friday as the Patriots improved to 2-0 in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium Complex.

    More >>
  • East Texan gunning for back to back national championships

    East Texan gunning for back to back national championships

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-05-27 04:09:41 GMT
    Whitney Simmons is going for back to back national titles.Whitney Simmons is going for back to back national titles.

    UT Tyler senior Whitney Simmons will attempt to cap her historic career with a third national title and seventh all-America honor when she competes in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

    More >>

    UT Tyler senior Whitney Simmons will attempt to cap her historic career with a third national title and seventh all-America honor when she competes in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly