Hometown Hero--James Shurling

James Shurling
James Shurling

Two-year-old James Shurling has no idea what he did for the lady who takes care of him, but she is calling him a hero.

Willa Middleton, owner of Willa Wonka's childcare in Savannah, says it was James who saved her life and the lives of his other toddler friends.

"We was all in the house and kept smelling the smoke but never saw it," said Middleton.

But James did. He was playing on the other side of the house when he ran down a hallway and and pointed to the ceiling and said, "Hot."

"We didn't know where it was and being that he ran down the hallway and saw where it was we were able to tell the fire department and get out," said Middleton.

And even though there is some damage to Middleton's home, she says it could have been much worse.

"We would have gotten out but not as quick if he didn't see anything," she said. "I thought somebody was burning trash because I could smell it but couldn't see it."

Middleton says what James did is incredible. "Being that he is only 2--we know that he is smart--but for him to do that was really, really amazing."

Amazing is right, which is the reason James is WTOC Hometown Hero. But we aren't the only ones who think so.

"He's a little hero," said Middleton.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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