7-year-old fire survivor receives heros honor from community

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Just days after alerting her sleeping parents that their home in St. Joseph was on fire, 7-year-old Madison Berry is receiving several gifts for her bravery.

On Wednesday FOX 4 first reported how the cool-headed, scared second grader carefully walked through lots of the thick, black smoke after hearing a smoke detector inside her home on West Cherry go off after a fire began spreading throughout her upstairs bedroom and playroom.

Despite her growing fears, Madison alerted her parents just in time and everyone got out safely.  Several people saw the FOX 4 report and now want reward Madison for her bravery.

“Justice” retail shop in St. Joseph has given Madison half price off of $1,200 worth of brand new clothes including all kinds of pants, blouses, blue jeans, sweatsuits and a lot more.

On Thursday Madison also received a Hero’s Certificate from the St. Joseph Fire Department.

And on Saturday the St. Joseph Fire Museum is giving Madison a free tour and will allow her to select “the souvenir of her choice,” says Councilwoman Pat Jones.

“We just want to lift her spirits and put a smile on her face and her Mom’s because she really is a little hero who deserves to be recognized for saving her family.”

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