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Teen Who Rescued Child From House Fire, Gabriel Vivoni, To Receive Mansfield Citizen's Award

MANSFIELD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - The city of Mansfield is set to recognize the effort of 17-year-old Gabriel Vivoni, who saved an 11-year-old neighbor from a house fire on Monday.

Next Monday, November 11, Mayor David Cook and the Mansfield Fire Department will award Vivoni the Citizen's Meritorious Act Award.

That will happen at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Vivoni was returning home from swim practice on Monday when he saw a neighbor's house on fire.

Gabriel Vivoni
Gabriel Vivoni saved an 11-year-old neighbor in Mansfield from a house fire. (Robbie Owens - CBS 11)

He said he initially thought it might be someone welding, but something made him take a second look. That's when he realized it was a fire.​

"I ran to the door and I knocked on it and I was banging," he recalled. "I was ringing the doorbell trying to get their attention. No one responded."​

He'd called 911 and hurried to get his parents. Still, the vehicle parked in the driveway worried him. Perhaps it was the lifeguard in him, but the 17-year-old says he had to make sure no one was inside. So he rushed into the burning garage.​

He was able to enter the home through the garage door.​

"As soon as I turned the corner, I found the boy," says Gabriel. "He looked pretty tired."​

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