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Fire Victim’s Family Thanks Raytown Firefighters

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Last month, Lisa Smallwood life was in extreme danger as her Raytown home was consumed by flames - until firefighters found her and saved her life.

On Tuesday, her family gave Raytown Firefighters a much-deserved pat on the back for saving the mother of two's life fin the September 29th blaze. Her mom, Minister Bobbie Tate, and daughter, Tanisha Smallwood, gave firefighters hugs and an update on her condition.

Smallwood, who was seriously injured in the fire, is doing much better, and she's even able to communicate by writing.

Firefighters say they were just doing their job by saving Smallwood, and they're not often formally thanked, but it means a lot.

"It's rare, very rare, and for her to have a chance to make it, it's hard to explain," said firefighter Darren Summers, who went into Smallwood's house.

Two of the firefighters who helped save Smallwood's life were supposed to be laid off  - along with seven others - from the department due to budget cuts, but all of the the positions were saved thanks to a $1.2 million federal grant.

Smallwood, a mother of two who is active in her children's PTA, is expected to make a full recovery - but has a long recovery ahead.

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