Bemidji Fire Department awards Central family for their quick-thinking in a nearby fire

A Central Elementary second grader was recognized for his quick thinking when he saw a fire across the street from the school.

Bemidji Fire Chief Justin Sherwood and Deputy Chief Mike Yavarow presented Community Hero Awards to Calder Murray and his mother Erin.

On April 3, Calder pointed out the fire on the roof of the building to his mom, and they called 911 and alerted the occupants.

Sherwood said Calder and his mom were responsible for possibly saving three lives and the structure from serious damage.

The award was presented at Calder’s second grade class at Central. Mayor Jorge Prince and Ward 1 council member Audrey Thayer also attended with cards thanking the Murrays for their actions.

From left, Erin Murray, Deputy Chief Mike Yavarow, Chief Justin Sherwood, Audrey Thayer, Jorge Prince, with Calder Murray in front.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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