Justen Little

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Kathryn Astle

On March 17, Northport Fire Rescue responded to an apartment fire at Knoll Circle, but someone else had gotten there first.

“When we got there, there was nobody in the building they had all been rescued,” said Northport Fire and Rescue Chief Bart Marshall.

Justen Little, 18, said he was walking to pick up his niece when he noticed the apartment fire and sprung into action.

Little said, “I got to the door and kicked it twice. And it came open and the kids were standing in the hallway and i said come on come on and got them out.”

Justen Little ended up saving nine lives that day, five of them belonged to children. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley heard of Little’s bravery and decided to visit Northport today to honor him and present him with a proclamation .

“This young man did something truly special,” Gov. Robert Bentley said. “He doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but he truly is because what he did saved five children.”

Justen said he believes he was meant to save the family on that day.

“I think God put me in that situation and I want to thank him for putting me in that situation,” he said.

Little said the governor’s visit today meant a lot to him.

“It makes me feel great, it makes me feel like I actually mean something to the community and to the world and that I saved lives,” he said.

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