Main: Fire Chief Brent Harper reads from the Valor award. Christopher and Rachel Babula, along with 8-year-old Hana MacLean, watch as Harper gives Hana a plaque in recognition of her â€śbravery and valorâ€ť for her actions during a Jan. 10 fire at their home. Inset: Members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire District line up to salute Hana for her actions during a fire at her familyâ€™s home. Photo/George Shirk
It was just about the most precious award ceremony imaginable.
Members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire District, including the top brass, presented 8-year-old Hana MacLean with an award of valor for her part in saving her family (and pets) from a fire that engulfed their home in Mammoth on Jan. 10.
“That little girl is the real hero,” said Fire Marshall Thom Heller.
“I truly believe if she hadn’t woken up and called for help, something much worse would have happened.”
Both Hana and her parents, Christopher and Rachel, were at the ceremony, which took place during last Wednesday’s Town Council meeting.
Fire Chief Brent Harper, in his dress blues, made the presentation by giving Hana the plaque.
Visitors at the Town Council meeting applauded the little girl as did Harper, Heller and the firefighters.