Brave Llanelli trio in line for national recognition
THREE heroic young Llanelli boys are in line for a national award after saving a pensioner's life.
Ten-year-old Kai Leyden, and brothers Rhys, now 11, and Morgan Thomas, now 8, all of Stebonheath, ran to raise the alarm as fire swept through Digby Jones's home in Brynallt Terrace last November.
Now they have been nominated in the Public Child Hero category of the Spirit of Fire awards in London.
Head of Carmarthenshire Command, Rob Quin, who nominated the trio, said: "The boys showed tremendous responsibility and presence of mind in raising the alarm so quickly.
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"Their action prevented any serious injuries to the occupier and alerted the emergency services to attend the incident.
"I thought their actions at the time were highly commendable and I very much hope that they're successful in receiving an award."
In June, the youngsters scooped a Llanelli Star Community Award for displaying maturity well beyond their years at such a crucial moment.
And now they have been invited to an evening award ceremony on October 19 in the Westminster Park Plaza, London, along with an invitation to a drinks reception at Downing Street in the afternoon.
Rhys and Morgan's mum, Lindsay, said: "It's fantastic that they have been nominated — it's brilliant.
"They were very excited and happy.
"They loved winning the Llanelli Star Good Neighbour/Samaritan of the Year award."
Nine-year-old Kai's mum, Anna, 31, of Upper Cross Road, said: "I am very proud of him.
"I'm looking forward to the trip to London and going to Downing Street.
"It will be something really nice for the boys. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The fire victim, Mr Jones, 87, whose home was completely destroyed in the blaze, was rescued in the nick of time, said neighbours.
He too has praised their speed of thought in acting so quickly.