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8 year-old Michael Cowherd walks through the burned out home near Clearwater telling the story. He says Friday night when he was in the shower, his grandmother started yelling that there was a fire.

Michael, his grandmother, his twin brother and older sister all got out, but 4 year-old Rebecca was still in her bedroom. That's when Michael disobeyed his grandmother and went back in to save her.

"She was walking from her bed over there to here. Once I got over here I grabbed her hand," Michael says. "I went to cover her and we went out that door."

He safely walked Rebecca through the burning hallway and out the back door. His parents and his siblings say he is a hero.

The children's parents, Jim and Elizabeth Cowherd, were out of town when the fire happened. Jim, who is in the military and used to be a firefighter in the Navy, says they often practiced family fire drills.

If you want to help the family, you can donate at the First State Bank of Clearwater.


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