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Mayor Warren and RFD Chief Recognize 12-Year-Old Hero

By Staff


jamesbMayor Lovely Warren and Rochester Fire Department Chief John Schreiber have presented a Certificate of Recognition to Ja-mes Beckford, age 12, who reported a fire June 29, on Terrace Park.

His actions led to the rescue of Tarlease Clark, who is 89 years old, city officials stated.

The ceremony took place at the fire station on Genesee St., with the firefighters who performed the rescue, and Milt Newsome, Clark’s son.

“It’s important to call attention to the times things go right, and I just want to thank Ja-mes Beckford for giving us that opportunity,” Mayor Warren stated.

The certificate states:

“In recognition, this certificate is presented to Ja-mes Beckford. For your decisive action on June 29, 2015, when you ran home to report a house fire on Terrace Park. Your quick thinking, and willingness to help, contributed to the successful rescue of an elderly woman who was inside the burning house. You set an example other Rochester youth can follow.”