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Local teen gets honored for heroism

ACTS RECOGNIZED — During Monday’s Weirton Council meeting, city officials and firefighters honored 14-year-old Brady Dennis of Weirton for his guidance and assistance to the Weirton Fire Department during a rescue call on June 30 in the woods behind Barone Drive. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Weirton officials took a moment during Monday’s city council meeting to honor the heroic acts of a local teen who assisted city firefighters in rescuing a man who had been injured while in a wooded area of Marland Heights.

In the early morning of June 30, the Weirton Fire Department received a call of someone yelling for help in the woods behind Barone Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters were warned of several waterfalls in the area and urged to proceed with caution.

Brady Dennis, the 14-year-old son of Brian and Julie Dennis and a freshman at Brooke High School, frequents the wooded area, and offered to assist firefighters, spending four hours showing them the safest route in total darkness, carrying equipment and even holding four flashlights at one time to light the way.

“You have made our community proud,” Mayor Harold Miller said, while reading a proclamation in Dennis’ honor.

Fire Chief Kevin Himmelrick offered his own thanks to Dennis, presenting him with a framed picture taken of him and some of the firefighters on the night of the rescue.

“If this young man wasn’t there, someone could have been seriously injured,” Himmelrick said.

In addition to locating the injured man, it was noted no firefighters were injured during the rescue.

“You did a good job,” Himmelrick told Dennis.

Lt. Jim Brueck, president of Weirton International Association of Fire Fighters Local 948, also presented Dennis with a token of appreciation on behalf of the city’s firefighters.

For his part, Dennis was humble in receiving the honors.

“The firefighters are the true heroes,” he said. “They saved the man, I just showed them the way.”

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