Published on March 12th, 2013 | by MD0
Downers Grove Teen Overcomes Fear, Disability to Save Family from Fire
Source: Downers Grove Patch
Communicating is sometimes difficult for 14-year-old Brendon Harrison, a Downers Grove South student who suffers from autism.
Early Sunday morning, however, Brendon’s bravery and quick thinking saved his family from a potentially life-threatening situation.
Around 1:20 a.m.—while his parents, sister and dog were sound asleep in their rooms—Brendon was woken by the sound of crackling in the kitchen, which turned out to be the sounds of a burning humidifier.
“He usually gets freaked out by loud noises like that, so I think he knew something was wrong downstairs,” said Wendy Harrison, Brendon’s mom.
“He came to my room, and just kept yelling, ‘Mom! Mom!’” Wendy said. “Initially I told him to go back to bed, because I was half-asleep myself. When I finally asked him what he wanted, he just kept replying, ‘What is it? What is it?”
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