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  Placentino Elementary School - Wednesday, February 8, 2002

On November 19, 2001, Julohn Teixeira, a second grader in Mr. Frost's class at the Placentino Elementary School called 9-1-1 when her mother began having seizures.  Julohn very calmly explained the emergency, and waited for the police officers and EMT's to arrive, so that they could take her mom to the hospital.  After she had recovered, and returned home from the hospital, Julohn's mother, Julene, wrote a letter to the Fire Department thanking them for their Fire Prevention and Public Education program.  During Fire Prevention Week, "Firefighter Mike" had come to Julohn's class, and told the students that when there is an emergency, they should tell an adult, so that they can call 9-1-1.  However, if the adult was the one experiencing an emergency, the students would need to be brave and call 9-1-1 to REPORT A FIRE, SAVE A LIFE, or STOP A CRIME.  That's exactly what Julohn did - and in so doing, she saved her mom's life! 

The following pictures were taken from the Young Hero award ceremony in Mr. Frost's class.

(Double click any of the photos to see it full size) Pictures Placentino Elementary School



Jennifer Mieth, Public Education Manger for the Department of Fire Services, presents a Certificate of Recognition from State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, recognizing her as a Young Hero.  She also received a t-shirt which identifies her as a Young Hero.  Julohn joins the ranks of over 130 other students from throughout the Commonwealth who have made a difference by putting into practice the key fire safety behaviors they learned from trained firefighters as part of the S.A.F.E. (Student Awareness of Fire Education) grant program.

Carrie Sullivan, representing Senator David Magnani (D-Framingham), presents Julohn with a citation from the Massachusetts State Senate, recognizing her bravery.

Representative Paul Loscocco (R-Holliston) presents Julohn with a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Andrew Porter, Chairman of the Holliston Board of Selectmen, presents Julohn with a Proclamation from the Board proclaiming Wednesday, February 6, 2002 as "Young Hero Julohn Teixeira Day" in the Town of Holliston.  Chairman Porter had just returned from New Orleans, where he met a police officer from the NY Port Authority, who sent his congratulations, and said she was a true hero.

Michael Cassidy, Fire Chief, presents Julohn with a certificate from the Holliston Fire Department.


Linda Weene, Vice Principal, offers both her congratulations to Julohn, and her thanks to "Firefighter Mike" for his work as a teacher to the students of the Holliston School District.

Julohn's father, John Teixeira, a Boston Police Detective, reminds the students in Mr. Frost's class that they're all heroes, because they know what to do in an emergency - when even some adults don't respond correctly to emergencies.  He also read a card that he and his wife, Julene, had given Julohn with some roses, letting her know exactly how proud they were of her.


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