Portland boy honored for actions during grandmother’s emergency

Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria reads the letter of commendation to Nicholas Burnham, 9, of Portland, while his family and friends look on.
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Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria reads the letter of commendation to Nicholas Burnham, 9, of Portland, while his family and friends look on.
Posted June 05, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
Last modified June 10, 2014, at 7:31 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 9-year-old boy has been honored by the Portland Fire Department for helping his grandmother through a medical emergency.

Nicholas Burnham of Portland was at his grandmother’s house May 26 when she experienced the medical emergency while working in her yard, according to a release from Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria.

The boy called 911, helped his grandmother remain calm and provided critical information to the emergency dispatcher, LaMoria said.

“You quickly reacted and called 911 to report this incident and summon help,” LaMoria wrote in a letter of commendation to Burnham. “Your quick action and calm demeanor in the face of this incident was noticed by bystanders, emergency dispatchers and responders from the Portland Fire Department.

In recognition of his actions, Burnham received a Portland Fire Department challenge coin, a department T-shirt and a hat.

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