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Boy, 13, honored for saving mother from fire

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A 13-year-old eighth-grader from Prince George’s County went into his burning house last month, picked up his mother, who has limited mobility, and carried her out “fireman style,” the county fire department said.

Taji Lee was recognized Friday by the county school system and fire department for rescuing his mother, Karen Lee, who has multiple sclerosis, fire department spokesman Mark E. Brady said.

After fire broke out in the family home in the 6300 block of Naval Avenue in Lanham around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29, the student ran to a neighbor’s house, asked them to call 911, and then went back for his mother, Brady said.

The student received the Fire Chiefs Award at Thomas Johnson Middle School. Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said his heroism showed “ the calm and courage” of a seasoned rescuer and “saved a life.”

Arriving firefighers found the house ablaze. It was severely damaged, officials said.

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