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La Crosse Fire Department honors 6-year-old for helping his family escape a fire

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Photo Credit: La Crosse Fire Department

Just over two weeks ago, a then 5-year-old boy woke up smelling smoke and alerted his parents.

Young Liam Cochrane’s quick thinking helped his family safely escape before the home’s smoke alarms even went off around 4:00 a.m. Jan. 20.

“Liam did what we continually stress in-home fire emergencies: Act quickly, alert your parents, get out and stay out, and call 911,” the La Crosse Fire department said.

To honor Liam, the La Crosse Fire Department presented him with a LifeSaver Award outside his school, Emerson Elementary, Thursday. The crew also gave Liam his one of his favorite toys, a Lego set.

After the ceremony, Liam’s father, Greg, noted it is the people inside a house who make it a home.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.