Orange County heroes honored for saving lives in fires
By Keith Landry, Reporter -
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
They proved that heroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages Tuesday at the Orange County Commissioners meeting. Two people were honored for saving lives during two separate fires. Little Tyler Taylor is a hero at age six, and he is honored with the Mayor's Hero Award. A fire damaged his great grandmother's Apopka house on the morning of June 11. Taylor sprang into action and got his family out of the house safely.
"I smelled the smoke, and I woke up, and I told my grand-daddy, and then he didn't wake up, so I told my grandmother to look outside the front windows," Taylor said.
Mario Maglione Jr. also received the Mayor's Hero Award Tuesday.
There was a terrible construction accident on April 25 in Orange County. A man was working on some air conditioning units on a roof when the lift bucket he was in struck some power lines. The man was nearly electrocuted, and he and his clothes caught fire.
"I grabbed the, I guess it's the arm of the boom, climbed up and climbed into the basket and grabbed the fire extinguisher and put him out," Maglione explained.
The man was burned over more than fifty percent of his body. He was about to fall out of the bucket when Maglione saved him. The victim is still recovering. Maglione is hesitant to call himself a hero, even though the plaque in his hands says he is one.
Maglione used to be a volunteer fire fighter. Little Tyler Taylor has earned the nickname Superman for his heroics.