Salisbury 11-year-old receives Hero Award for saving sister’s life in house fire

SALISBURY, Md. – A courageous young man is being honored for saving his sister’s life. In November 2022, 11-year-old La’Prentis Doughty escaped with minor burns as his house was burning down. When he got outside, he realized his two-year-old sister was still inside. Doughty immediately rushed back into the burning house, and rescued his sister.

Since his heroic act, Doughty has received multiple awards for saving his sister’s life. Tuesday, Doughty collected two more, as the Rotary Club of Wicomico County gave him the Hero Award, and he received a citation from State Senator Mary Beth Carozza.

“I felt very surprised. I didn’t know I was getting an award today,” said Doughty. “I Just knew that’s what I had to do. Just do what you think you should do.”

With the award, comes $1,000 donated to a charity or organization of the recipient’s choice. Doughty chose New Life 7th Day Adventist Curch; the church that jumped into action to help his family following the fire.

Doughty and his family lost everything in the fire. Shortly after that fateful night, a GoFundMe was set up to get the family back on their feet. Their goal is $25,000. If you’d like to contribute, click here.

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