Albany Mayor deems date “Avery Moses Day”

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A first grader is recognized by the City of Albany.

You may remember 7-year-old Avery Moses. He alerted his sleeping parents to a fire that tore through their Broad Street home a couple of weeks ago.

On Monday morning, Avery Moses was officially hailed a hero, but this first grade firefighter didn’t walk away with just a couple of handshakes and a certificate.

“I Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany, NY do hereby proclaim today, November 30, 2015 “Avery Moses Day” in the City of Albany.”

It was the Thursday before Thanksgiving when Avery woke up to the smell of smoke. He got out of bed and knew exactly what to do.

“I smelled SOMETHING and I said come get in the bed with me, so he got behind me and a few minutes later he said ‘ma, you don’t smell nothing?’ And I said – tell your father,” said Avery’s mom, Lynette Moses.

It was Avery’s persistence that earned him his honors.

“He said Daddy!  I smell something and daddy was like what, what? What? A few minutes later we got at a knock at the door there was a fire upstairs,” Avery’s mom explained.

Avery, his parents and the couple that lived upstairs ran out of the three-story building to find flames coming from the second floor window. They lost everything, except for their lives.

For that they’re forever grateful for little Avery, especially his parents, who say even though they’re still struggling to get back on their feet they’re overcome with pride.

“I just want to encourage most young kids to continue to pay attention to the drills they’re teaching them in school and to the parents react even if they think child doesn’t know what they’re talking about, just check it out anyway,” said Avery’s mom.

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