Okemos Family Recognized for Helping Save Another

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An Okemos father and daughter were recognized for helping save a family from a house fire earlier this month.

Zubair Ahmad (pictured above with his wife and Meridian Township Fire Chief Fred Cowper) and his daughter, Amna Madiha Anwar, were given a Certificate of Appreciation from the Meridian Township Fire Department for their lifesaving efforts.

Fire Chief Fred Cowper says Ms. Anwar noticed the flames at their neighbor's home in the early hours of August 8 and alerted her father, who immediately called 911.

Mr. Ahmad then ran to the neighbor's house and pounded on the door to alert the family of the fire. All 8 of them and their pets were able to get out unharmed.

Mr. Ahmad tells News 10 it was a scary situation that could've ended bad, but thankfully, he was in the right place at the right time. Fire Chief Cowper agrees, saying, "The efforts of Mr. Ahmad and Ms. Anwar that night directly contributed to the entire family getting out of the house safely."

Also at last week's meeting, Lieutenant/Paramedic Paul Cullimore, Fire Fighter/Paramedic Brian Pennell, and Fire Fighter/Paramedic
Michel Kueppers were recognized for their efforts in the revival of a 5-year-old boy from a near drowning incident at the Michigan Athletic Club in late July.

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