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10-Year-Old Kentucky Boy Rescues Woman from Burning Breathing Tube

The Kentucky boy who saves a woman from burning breathing tube
A Kentucky boy, age 10, saves a woman whose breathing tube caught fire (Screenshot from CBS Newspath)

BARDSTOWN, Kentucky—A 10-year-old Kentucky boy helped a woman whose breathing tube caught fire on Saturday.

During the incident, Alistair Leger was watching a movie.

The Kentucky boy who saves a woman from burning breathing tube

A Kentucky boy, age 10, saves a woman whose breathing tube caught fire (Screenshot from CBS Newspath)

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The Bardstown Fire Department said the 80-year-old woman was smoking while on oxygen. The woman is the great-grandmother of Leger’s friend.

The boy said the woman spilled the oxygen on her breathing tube and caught fire.

Leger says he ran for a cup and then a bucket of water.

He said he put out the fire and contacted 911 after it shrunk and grew.

The interim Bardstown fire chief Todd Spalding was amazed and said what the boy did was fantastic.

Spalding had something similar at 12. Wiring issues caused his house fire. He felt useless and admired the firefighters he would later join.

He said it’s hard to understand how a 10-year-old can have that mentality in such a situation. He said that they, As firefighters, train all the time. But this boy, as a 10-year-old, has that mindset without that kind of training.

Spalding says Leger saved the woman’s life and prevented firefighters from fighting a full-blown structure fire.

As firefighters cheered Leger, the 10-year-old boy’s mother arrived.

She was working nearby. She said she didn’t hear a thing about the noise. As soon as she got off work, she rushed over to check on her boy. To her surprise, fire trucks and police cars were swarming near their home.

She said her son thought about Bobby, the woman he saved when she brought him home.

Leger’s mother stated he asked how Bobby was doing when he got home.

She reassured the boy that Bobby was fine. Bobby was airlifted to the hospital and is recovering.

Her family stated she was doing great and was excited to see her.

Leger’s bravery is being honored by the Bardstown Fire Department.

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