Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Heroic teen honored with West Virginia CEC award

Leland Coats, 18, proudly displays a certificate he received from Gov. Joe Manchin for helping wake up four people in a house fire. Coats, an autistic student at Capital High School, is flanked by teachers Melissa Sears, left, and Tina Tye. Coats said he is embarrassed about the attention he’s been getting.

When Leland Coats, 18, smelled smoke while staying at his cousin's West Virginia home, he awakened his family and they escaped without harm. Coats, who has autism, just earned the state CEC's "Yes I Can" community-service award for his heroism. Charleston Daily Mail (W. Va.)

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