Firefighters honor girl who saved brother from fire
May 24, 2018 10:27 PM
ROSWELL, N.M. – On Feb. 22, a 9-year-old girl lost her home and dog in a fire, but she could have lost more
Rosalinda Gallo has a 10-year-old brother who was still inside their burning home when she made it out safely. Gallo didn't want to lose her brother, so she ran back inside and carried him out.
She said his hair was on fire so she quickly grabbed a shovel, dug some dirt and dropped it on his head. She remembered her mom telling her brother not to throw dirt on the fire when they would barbecue because it would put out the flames.
Both of her brother's ears were badly burned, but he's grateful to be alive.
"He told me 'Thank you for saving my life. You're the best sister I've ever had,'" Gallo.
Her mom, Rosalinda Herrera, said they have been staying at motels since the fire. She's trying to save up enough money to fix their home or buy a new one.
"I wish I could be like her. She is such a caring girl," Herrera said.
On Thursday, Gallo received an award from the Roswell Fire Department. The fire crew wanted to honor the hero from Pecos Elementary School, so during an awards ceremony, they surprised Gallo.
"We just wanted to do that because that was a pretty brave thing that she did," said Matt Miller, the Roswell Fire Department fire marshal. "She did a very good job and it took a lot of guts to go back in there and help him get back outside."
Gallo said when the fire chief announced her name, her heart dropped. She said she was excited, happy and sad. Sad because she remembers losing her home and her dog.
She held on tight onto her new golden plaque when she said she wants to be a firefighter when she grows up.
"I really want to be a firefighter because they save people," Gallo said. "They help people when they're hurt and they get their cat out."
"The City of Roswell Fire Department has never had a female firefighter, so hopefully she'll hang in there and join us one of these days," Miller said.
Gallo said she plans to be the first female firefighter in Roswell.
Updated: May 24, 2018 10:27 PM
Created: May 24, 2018 08:00 PM
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