When I saw the notice last week that Sherman Fire-Rescue was going to present its Life Saver Award to a young citizen, I knew that was going to be a special story.

It was only the second time the city’s fire department had given out the award and as I’d also covered the first instance, I knew young Jake Jones’ actions were going to get quite the response from the City Council and Sherman officials during last week’s meeting.

Sherman Fire Chief Danny Jones explained Jake saved his grandmother last October by reaching over and steering their vehicle to the shoulder while also stopping it after she had a major medical emergency while driving on U.S. Highway 75.

Jake stood quietly at the chief’s side while his actions were detailed and barely reacted when the council and everyone in attendance at the meeting stood up to applaud him. As I expect many 13-year-olds would do, he declined the offer to speak to the council during the meeting. But I watched him and his grandmother look over the Sherman Fire-Rescue fire helmet with a custom-made shield and a certificate of the department’s appreciation that were presented to him after all the attention was off of him.

He looked impressed with the award and I hope he was proud of his actions, as they likely saved several lives that day. And based on the reaction of those at the meeting, Danny Jones was exactly right when he said to him, “the members of Sherman Fire-Rescue and the citizens of Sherman are very proud of you.”

Happy birthday Sunday to Isaiah Jones, Sharron Spratt, Trent Brown, Vernetta Coleman, Lenda Rickerson and Kathy Jackson, all of Sherman; and Jerry Bowens of Allen.

Happy birthday Monday to Jervonta’ Hagood Jones, Louis Hughley, Brenda Dutton, Mary L. Keller, Dontrey Mayberry and Larry Mayberry, all of Sherman; Brent Butler of Denison; and Jean Gilliland Ross of Keller.

Happy anniversary Monday to Floyd and Annie Rowe of Sherman, 25 years.