THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The city of Thomasville honored an 8-year-old boy with autism as a hero on Monday.
Ryshaad Harrison saved his family by helping put out a fire in their home.
Firefighters say he used the techniques they taught him at a school program.
Ryshaad's grandmother sent a letter to his teacher who then passed it on to the fire department.
In the letter she refers to her grandson as "my special angel" after he saw a fire in their home and yelled for everyone to get out.
Monday her hero was honored by the city of Thomasville.
Ryshaad participated in the Fire Clown program at his school in Thomas County.
Months later a small fire broke out in his grandmothers dining room.
Luckily for his family he remembered everything the firefighters taught him and used it to save their lives.
"The information that we give them, they take it home and it possibly saves their life or saves their families life or saves them from loosing their home, then I've achieved my ultimate goal," said Lieutenant Marshall Green.
"To know that it really does make a difference in someone's lives, it saved us because it could have been tragic," said Ryshaad's Grandmother, Diedrys Clark.
During the award ceremony Ryshaad received a handmade superhero cape with his name on the back.