Oregon sheriffs honor 12-year-old hero in Bend

Vernonia boy rescued grandmother from burning home

BEND, Ore. - A 12-year-old Vernonia boy who rescued his grandmother from their burning home in October got a standing ovation as he was honored at a gathering of Oregon sheriffs in Bend Wednesday night.

Seth Cutright, recovering from his own burns suffered in the blaze, was recognized by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for his heroics and courage.

About 300 people attending the annual state sheriffs conference at The Riverhouse Convention Center gave the boy a standing ovation as his story was read and he was given the sheriff's prestigious Life Saving award.

Seth and his family were in attendance, along with members of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

"We are proud of Seth and glad we could be here to help acknowledge his courageous act in saving his grandmother from their burning home this fall," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

The boy still had a glove on his right hand to aid in the healing of burns he received while saving his grandmother's life.

The Sheriff's Office plans to present Seth with its own life-saving award at a later date.

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