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5/23/2013 5:05:00 PM
Four-year-old saves family from fire
Emilio Moran, 4, is credited with saving his family’s life on May 13 when he awakened his mother to alert her to a fire that engulfed their Ripley home. The family lost all their possessions.
Emilio Moran, 4, is credited with saving his family’s life on May 13 when he awakened his mother to alert her to a fire that engulfed their Ripley home. The family lost all their possessions.

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor


BLYTHE - When Kevin Moran, his fiancée Sonia Rodriguez, and their son, Emilio Moran lay down to sleep on May 13, it was just another Monday night on Warmington St. in Ripley. It was when Rodriguez was awakened at 11:25 p.m. by 4-year-old Emilio that the night became anything but normal.

"My son woke up his mother to ask what was the light outside," said Kevin. "She looked outside and saw that a fire had engulfed the entire back of the house."

The family left the home just in time to see Emilio's bedroom and their bedroom go up in flames. Riverside County Fire Department from Ripley, Blythe, and Mesa Verde all arrived but it was too late to save the home.

"We lost everything except the clothing on our backs and we were in pajamas," said Kevin.

Despite the loss, Kevin and his family have found support from the Ripley community. They are currently staying with Rodriguez's mother while they search for a new home and the Red Cross has helped with clothing and other necessities. Kevin's mother, who resides in Los Angeles, arrived last weekend with her car loaded with donations from her friends and loved ones.

The family is not requesting any donations for themselves but said that if someone insists on making a contribution, to please make a donation to the Red Cross or another organization to help out the next person who may be in need.

"I am just thankful for my little hero," said Kevin. "I give all credit to my fiancée for always being on Emilio about what to do in case of a fire. He saved our lives."





Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: B&B Hawkins

Hey! We think Emilio needs a new name. We think it should be HERO MORAN....maybe he'll be a fire fighter when he grows up:)

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: deana dach

Great job little man.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: kevin moran

I also want to thank the people who have already made donations



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