The American Red Cross advises remembering the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher.

Two Valley teens were honored as heroes on Tuesday by Glendale firefighters and police officers for saving a woman in a burning apartment. 

Malikah Barfield, 14, and Bryson Burris, 12, heard crying from an apartment on Oct. 12, in the 7000 block of North 75th Avenue, and noticed smoke coming from the residence. Without hesitation, the two boys grabbed a fire extinguisher from a common area of the building and extinguished the fire, the Glendale Fire Department said in a post on Facebook.

The teens then went back into the unit with a Glendale police officer and helped the woman, who was attempting to commit suicide by taking pills and lighting a fire in her kitchen, out of her apartment.

“I would want help if that happened to me also, so I would want to help someone else out, instead of just standing there, waiting for the fire department and the police department to help,” Burris said during a FOX 10 KSAZrecording of the ceremony on Tuesday.

Barfield agreed saying, “If I was in that situation, I would want someone to help me also … I really don’t see how special it is. I just see it as the normal thing.”

Barfield and Burris suffered minor smoke inhalation and lacerations from the broken glass while retrieving the extinguisher. Fire officials said that the two young teens are not just heroes for saving the woman, but for also preventing the fire from spreading and injuring the other residents.

“Here we have a couple of young men who not only got involved but because they got involved they saved lives, it’s a big deal,” Glendale Fire Chief Terry Garrison said.

Barfield and Burris received Target gift cards for their quick action. 

The teens have not been seen the woman since the rescue, but hope she is doing well in her recovery.


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