ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul boy was honored Wednesday for his heroic efforts in a fire that nearly killed his mother.
"He's a hero. He's a hero to me," says Ebony Jones.
Ebony is so proud of 10-year-old Jayvion, knowing she may not be here if it wasn't for him. It's not something any kid should ever have to experience, but last summer, Jayvion went head to head with the man who tried to kill his mother.
"It was scary. I thought I was going to die," says Ebony.
It happened at an east side apartment. Ebony's boyfriend Louis Ambrose set her apartment on fire, pouring lighter and cleaning fluid on her. Jayvion struggled with Ambrose to rescue his mother.
"Just panic," recalled Jayvion.
Ambrose forced her to stay inside as Jayvion kept trying to pull her out -- the fire raging.
"It was like it came through the window. It started a little bit and it grew bigger," says Jayvion.
It was a test of wills that Jayvion, wise beyond his years, would win.
With his mother trapped, Jayvion sought help from a neighbor, Montel Mixon, who knocked down the apartment door helping Ebony get to safety as Ambrose fled.
"I was a little surprised. I wouldn't expect a little kid to do that. He kind of surprised me when he did. I was glad that he did," says Ebony.
The acts of bravery were honored by the St. Paul Police Department. Jayvion and Montel were among 13 people who received awards for going above and beyond.
"If it wasn't for Jayvion and our neighbor I wouldn't be here.... I'm very proud of Jayvion," says Ebony.
Jayvion says he'd like to be a police officer or firefighter some day so he can save more people.
Ambrose is now serving a 14 year prison sentence.
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