Boy hero honored for saving two young siblings from raging fire

By September 9, 2023People & Events

A 14-year-old boy who saved the lives of two siblings, a five-month old baby girl and her eight-year old sister, from a burning house in Mangatarem was honored by Gov. Ramon Guico III during the province’s Monday flag raising ceremony.

Leonard Sambrano, a Grade six learner in Central 1 School in Mangatarem, recalled to local newsmen that he was about to play in the neighborhood when he saw fire raging in a two-storey house in Barangay Maravilla.

He said he saw two kids inside and rushed to pull them out .

Sambrano said he is not related to the siblings.

The two were at the first floor when the incident happened and there were still no firefighters when Sambrano rushed to rescue them.

“I didn’t mind the danger because all I did was to get the kids out from the burning house,” he said in Filipino.

Sambrano didn’t suffer injuries but admitted his parents initially were angry for risking his life.

Asked if he will still do what he did, Sambrano promptly replied with a “yes” and intimated he wants to be a fireman someday.

When Gov. Guico called Sambrano to the stage, he cited Sambrano’s bravery and described his act, risking his own life as a “sacrifice” for humanity.

Guico said, “Human instinct and human nature, ang kabutihan ng tao ay lumalabas pa rin.”

He added that the boy’s heroic deed is worth emulating “that we, all of us, government officials and employees, have to render to our constituents.” (Eva Visperas)

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