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Fourth grader who alerted family to fire honored as a hero

Isabella Boyd receives her Award for Heroism from NC Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey at Tabor City Middle School Thursday. Behind them are Columbus County Fire Marshal Shannon Blackman, left, and Tabor City Fire Chief Jeff Fowler. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     “I still have the dreams,” Theresa Boyd said Thursday of the Nov. 29, 2021 fire that consumed the family home west of Tabor City and burned most inside, including her 9-year-old daughter Isabella Boyd, who alerted the family to the blaze.

     Isabella was the focus for some better memories made Thursday, as North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal honored the fourth grader at Tabor City Middle School the “Commissioner’s Award for Heroism” in a presentation before her classmates, school leaders and others, in the school gym.

     “I told her that morning that she was a hero in my eyes,” Columbus County Fire Marshal Shannon Blackman said.

     Isabella was not aware the award was coming, and huddled close to her mother as Blackman and Causey spoke of her courage in the early morning, waking to find fire racing up her bedroom wall, climbing down from the top bunk bed to awaken her sister, Ava, in the bottom bunk, and alerting the family of the disaster.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.