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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Newark youngster honored for heroism

Village officials are lauding a Newark teen whose actions resulted in two Newark residents escaping a burning home.

Giancarlo “John” Colon, 13, was honored with the Do the Right Thing award at the Newark Village Board meeting last week for actions related to a Feb. 11 blaze at 109 Blossom Road.

“It is an absolute pleasure to recognize our youth who unselfishly go above and beyond to make our community a better place to live,” said Mayor Jonathan Taylor.

The village said that at 3:11 p.m. that day, while walking home from Newark Middle School, where he is a seventh-grader, Colon saw that the back corner of the Blossom Road home was on fire.

According to the village, Colon pounded on the door of the residence and alerted two residents who were unaware that their house was on fire.

The village said the residents escaped the home and called 911, which dispatched the Newark Fire Department.

“John’s bold, cool and heroic actions ensured that a life was not lost, property damage was minimal and proved that middle school-aged people can do the right thing,” said the village.

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