Children and Youth

9-year-old named ‘Hometown Hero’

Madison Kashiwagi was recognized by the Hollister City Council for her quick thinking, which prevented a house fire from being worse

At the Aug. 1 Hollister City Council meeting, Mayor Ignacio Velazquez proclaimed Madison Kashiwagi a "hometown hero."

The mayor read a proclamation that stated on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 9-year-old Madison was playing outside when she smelled smoke. She noticed smoke coming from the house across the street and had the foresight to alert her mother, who called 911.

The fire department quickly responded and due, in part, to Madison's quick thinking, a devastating outcome was prevented. The proclamation stated, "She acted with courage, maturity and heroism."

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