8-year-old helps save veteran from South Dakota house fire

HECLA, S.D. (AP) The family of a World War II veteran has called an 8-year-old girl a "hero" after she helped the veteran safely escape a house fire in northern South Dakota.

Adi Lloyd was driving with her grandparents in Hecla on New Year's Day when she saw a plume of smoke rising from the home of 92-year-old Dale Shelton, who was asleep inside. Adi alerted her grandparents and insisted that they check on the homeowner.

Aberdeen American News reports that Shelton was exiting the burning house when they arrived. He was covered in ashes, dazed and without a coat.

The trio helped Shelton into their car, where they bundled him in blankets and waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Shelton's daughter, Valerie Youngman, called Adi "our little hero" and thanked her for being there to help.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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