James Quenon: 8-year-old hero
EAGLE – James Quenon, 8, a second-grader from Eagle Valley Elementary School, was honored by the Greater Eagle Fire Department for his quick thinking and cool head during a recent family emergency. James is the son of Pat and Michelle Quenon of Brush Creek.
Back in mid-January, James and his mom were home with his baby brother, David, when the infant had trouble breathing. David suffered a stroke shortly after birth and sometimes requires suctioning of his trachea tube to assist his breathing. When the incident occurred, Michelle attended to David, and told James to call 911.James ran to the phone, called the emergency number and told firefighters and medical personnel how to reach his home. He then waited for help to arrive and brought the emergency workers to assist his mother.
Firefighters showed up in James’ classroom to present him with a Citizen’s Commendation recognizing his heroism.”He did an amazing job,” firefighter Chris Blankenship told James’ classmates. “Because of the way he behaved that day, it helped us take care of his brother. He is a role model. I hope you guys look up to him.”
After presenting a plaque to James, the entire second grade class received another present – an ice cream sundae party. That announcement brought a round of cheers from the kids.”James is cool,” said one of his classmates.On hand to watch the award presentation were James’ mom, grandfather and grandmother Max and Arlene Quenon, aunt Kay McCarty and family friend Tammy Smith.