At just 12 years old, Seth Cutright is being honored as a hero for saving his grandmother's life.
Seth received a Life Savers Award from Metro West Ambulance and the Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District during a ceremony Saturday afternoon, about a month after the fire that sent him and his grandmother to the hospital.
"I said, 'if somebody doesn't come give him a metal or a plaque I'm going to make one of my own and give it to him,'" said Seth's father, Roger Cutright. "He deserves it. My mom wouldn't be here without him."
Seth and his 64-year-old grandmother were inside their house last month when it exploded into flames. Both suffered serious burns, but Seth wasn't about to leave his grandmother behind. He carried her out of the house to safety and called for help.
"I grabbed my grandma and went downstairs. I brought her to a grassy spot then I went to the next-door neighbors and asked for help," said Seth.
The burns on Seth's hands and face are still healing, but he appeared to be in good spirits. Meantime, his grandmother is still recovering in the hospital.
Some of the paramedics who treated Seth at the scene of the fire attended the award ceremony on Saturday. It was the first time they had seen Seth since taking him to the hospital last month.
"On the way to the hospital I thought he was in so much pain," said paramedic Brandi Abney. "But he toughed his way through it and taught us the SpongeBob song on the way to the hospital so we could sing it with him. Just a really great kid."
Seth isn't done saving lives, either. When he grows up he wants to be firefighter so he can help others. The Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District said it would be happy to have him.
"I hope to see him when he gets older and in high school to get in the explorer program with us and become a firefighter," said firefighter Kendrick Leaverton.
The cause of the fire remains unclear.
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