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Little Heroes: Lexington boys receive Meritorious Civilian Citations for making life-saving decisions

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and two “little heroes” were recognized Thursday for a life-saving deed earlier this summer.

The two young boys from Lexington, ages 8 and 9, were honored for saving the life of a 2-year-old family member who had slipped into a family pool.

Cousins Chase Covey and Parker Everhard had a teamwork approach to the potential tragedy. Chase, 8, jumped into the pool to get his little brother, Jacks Covey, while Parker, 9, ran to get help from adults and call 9-1-1, said Lexington Fire Chief Kristen Chilton.

Fire Chief Kristin Chilton presented Meritorious Civilian Citations to Parker Everhard and Chase Convey (Photo by Amy Wallot)

Covey and Everhard received Meritorious Civilian Citations at the Lexington Fire Station No. 1 for their heroic action.

“Early this summer, Chase and Parker sprang into action to save Jacks Covey after he fell into a swimming pool,” Chilton said while making the presentation.

Lexington Fire Lt. Robert Crovo, who responded to the call, said the boys’ actions made a difference.

“Things could have turned out a lot differently if not for the quick action of Chase and Parker.”

Chilton said the fire department recognizes people who step up and answer the call to help a family member, neighbor, friend or even a total stranger.

“Today it feels extra special to honor those two little heroes.”

Michelle Covey, Chase and Jack’s mother, thanked the first responders for what they did in what she termed a nightmare situation. Firefighters administered oxygen to Jacks and he recovered fully at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

“The fire department was there in minutes,” she said.

In addition to being named “Little Heroes” and receiving the citations, Chase and Parker were presented with Lexington Fire Department kiddie hats and other items from the fire department.

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