A Mississauga teenager is being praised for his heroic efforts in saving a family from a house fire in his neighborhood recently.

The fire broke out at a home on Starfield Crescent, near Winston Churchill Boulevard and Britannia Road West on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 15.

During a Mississauga city council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, Ward 9 Coun. Pat Saito said there were three young girls who were on the second floor of the semi-detached home. Two of them made it onto the roof while one was trapped inside.

Saito then explained how 18-year-old Adam Attalla went through a neighbor’s home to gain access to their roof, jumped onto the roof of the home on fire, opened a window for the girl to get out and helped the three girls down to safety .

“This is the type of thing that really restores your faith in people reaching out and helping their neighbor,” Saito said during the council meeting.

Saito then went on to present Attalla with a certificate of recognition and a Ward 9 volunteer pin in recognition of his efforts.

The teenager was also praised by Mayor Bonnie Crombie during her COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday, Jan. 20.

“Adam, you are a true inspiration and a true hero,” Crombie said.

“I also want to thank our amazing team at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services for their quick action in battling what ended up being a very intense fire.”

Since the house fire occurred, Attalla created a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $ 1,200 to help the family.

Crombie said she is planning on presenting him with a mayoral certificate while fire chief Deryn Rizzi is planning on presenting him with a citation award.

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