On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters honored a 5th grade student at Valle Vista Elementary for his heroic actions last week.
On Thursday, February 6th, shortly after 9 p.m. Hayden Pestel was home with his grandfather when he discovered a fire in the laundry room. Hayden quickly woke his grandfather and alerted him to the fire. Both Hayden and his grandfather were able to escape the home safely, however their home sustained unrepairable damages.
Crews from the San Bernardino Rd. Fire Station and Jersey Fire Station visited Valle Vista Elementary on Tuesday, February 11th to recognize Hayden for his brave actions. He was presented with a "Lifesaving Citation" then given the opportunity to squirt water from a fire house, dressed in turnout gear, before an audience of almost 100 5th graders.