BLOOMFIELD -- A local boy who rescued his mother during a recent house fire was officially recognized Monday night by the City of Bloomfield.
Ten-year-old fifth grader Shawn Griffin was invited to the Monday night meeting of the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen to be honored for his role in the Dec. 30 fire that destroyed the home of he and his family.
"Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, we are in the presence of a hero," said Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McAnally. "I know it's a tragedy that you folks lost your home, but it's also awesome to know that you have someone as brave as your son, Shawn there."
Griffin was presented with a plaque by Bloomfield Police Chief Jason Curtman, Fire Chief Chuck Edwards and Mayor McAnally.
"I spoke with Shawn while we were still on the scene at the fire and he was just as calm, cool and collected as ever," Edwards said during the short ceremony. "He's a pretty tough kid."
Griffin was given a standing ovation as he returned to his seat with his mother and father, Debbie and David Griffin.