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Youth honored for saving family from fire

Courtesy photo Landon Phillips received a Citizen Appreciation Certificate Award recently from the Gladstone Public Safety Department for saving the lives of his family when their home caught fire April 27.

GLADSTONE — Landon Phillips, a seventh grader at Gladstone Public Schools, received a Citizen Appreciation Certificate Award recently from the Gladstone Public Safety Department for saving the lives of his family when their home caught fire in the early morning hours of Monday, April 27.

“He woke everyone up to alert his family,” said his mother Amanda Phillips.

Phillips was in his bedroom in the upper level of the family’s home. While playing video games, he heard a swoosh sound and looked out his bedroom window where he saw flames.

Landon ran downstairs to alert his family, thus saving four family members, his mother, brother, mother’s boyfriend, himself, three dogs and a cat.

“Within 10 minutes the whole roof was engulfed … when the first firefighter arrived the roof rafters were falling down,” said Amanda Phillips, Landon’s mother. “I consider my son a local hero, an outstanding citizen.”

Phillips is legally deaf in one ear and the youngest of Amanda’s children.

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