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Heroic girl gets surprise award from HH Fire Dept

Hilton Head girl considered a hero for her actions

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Lili Rigas save her neighbor's home and their pets from a house fire. Lili Rigas save her neighbor's home and their pets from a house fire.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A young girl got a surprise visit from the Hilton Head Fire Department at school Friday.

Many are calling Lili Rigas a 'hero.'

Members of the Hilton Head Fire Rescue gave Lili Rigas a 'commendation' award for her quick actions that helped save her neighbor's home and their pets.

"I mean...pets are family and she saved my family," said Hilton Head resident Thomas Gloven.

Gloven is forever grateful to eight year old Lili Rigas.

On August 28th around eight o'clock, Rigas heard the smoke detector go off at Gloven's home while he was out.

The young girl ran inside and told her dad to dial 911.

"If she hadn't seen it, we would've probably lost the home, worse than the damage we have, right now we'd probably be out five to six months out of the house," said Gloven.

Because of little Lili's quick action, firefighters were able to save the Glovens' dog, cat and home.

Friday, Lili got a surprise visit and award from some everyday heroes during her lunch period.

"A commendation of the town of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue honoring Lili Rigas," said Joheida Fister, Fire Marshal.

"I think it's pretty amazing and I think it proves that little children can be taught to do the right thing and learn to listen," said Lieutenant Randy Vaigneur.

But Lili seems quite modest about calling herself a hero.

"I want to thank the policeman and the firemen and everybody else that helped our community," she said.

As part of her heroic efforts, Lili got to check out of school early to celebrate with her parents.

Lili Rigas is a second grader at the Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts.

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