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TO COMMEND JAMES VERDIN "JAMIE" HUGHES OF PICKENS FOR HIS OUTSTANDING COURAGE, SELFLESSNESS, AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS DEMONSTRATED WHEN HE SAVED NATALIE BADNARUK FROM HER BURNING HOME ON JANUARY 19, 2003.
Whereas, James Verdin "Jamie" Hughes is a Pickens High School junior and the son of Randy and Peggy Hughes; and
Whereas, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 19, 2003, Jamie left home to drop his sister off at church volleyball practice. While traveling down Fox Squirrel Circle Road in Pickens, Jamie noticed smoke billowing from a garage; and
Whereas, Jamie turned his pickup truck around and headed toward the scene. When he arrived, he saw Mr. Jaroslaw Badnaruk standing in the front yard; and
Whereas, Mr. Badnaruk's car had caught fire in the garage and flames had spread to the rest of the house. His wife, Natalie Badnaruk, had gone back inside to retrieve personal items; and
Whereas, disregarding his own personal safety, Jamie went into the house to search for Mrs. Badnaruk. After entering the house, he eventually bumped into Mrs. Badnaruk in a smoky hallway. He gently picked her up and carried her safely from the burning home; and
Whereas, more than sixty firefighters from four different departments were necessary to contain the blaze; and
Whereas, Jamie's father, Randy Hughes, a volunteer firefighter for six years, has expressed his deepest pride in his son's actions; and
Whereas, Jamie Hughes has demonstrated outstanding courage, selflessness, and concern for others far beyond his years. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, wish to commend James Verdin "Jamie" Hughes of Pickens for his outstanding courage, selflessness, and concern for others demonstrated when he saved Natalie Badnaruk from her burning home on January 19, 2003.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to James Verdin Hughes.
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