PHELAN ( — The 5-year-old boy who earlier this month alerted his sleeping grandmother that their house was on fire, allowing the two of them to escape unharmed, received his reward on Sunday: a toy shopping spree at Target.

The San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters Local 935 Union sponsored the 1-hour shopping trip, which Nathaniel Stocks spent primarily in the toy aisle. His went for a Buzz Lightyear toy and, of course, a toy fire truck.

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The idea was to replace the toys that he lost in a blaze that charred his family’s house two weeks ago, and reward the boy’s heroic actions.

Just two days before the fire broke out, Stocks visited a fire house on a field trip, and he used a lesson he learned that day to escape the blaze: stop, drop and roll — and crawl underneath the smoke.

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Doing just that, he was able to crawl to his grandmother’s room and escape the house safely with her. Firefighters also rescued the family’s chihuahua. There were no injuries.

“I think he saved our lives for sure,” the grandmother, Kimberly Ratliff, said.


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