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‘Eagle eye’ saves home from blaze

The Union StaffTrent Harrington
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You are never too old to be a hero.

Trent Harrington, 7, became a hero on July 4. Trent, who lives in Alta Sierra, was playing outside on what seemed to be a normal holiday when he saw smoke from up the street.

He thought it was a barbecue, but looking closer, he realized it was a house fire.

Reacting quickly, Trent alerted his mom, Tracy Harrington. At first, she also thought it was probably a barbecue, but once she saw it, she said, her thought was, “If that’s not a fire, then it’s one big barbecue.”

She and Trent called the fire department immediately, and within minutes, firefighters had the blaze under control.

A combination of above-average temperatures that day and a cloth laid over flammable materials outside the garage may have started the fire. Bill and Lisa Dryden, owners of the house, were home at the time and safely evacuated.

Trent, a Cub Scout in Den 1 of Pack 854, has a reputation for a watchful eye for danger. His nickname is “Eagle Eye.”

“My brother is always investigating and trying to get a closer look at things,” said Trent’s sister Kayla Harrington, 16.

Trent was rewarded for his heroic act – Bill Dryden gave him two free passes to Sun Splash water park in Roseville.

Still, Trent said, he didn’t care if he was in the paper, or even got a reward – all he wanted was for the Drydens to be safe, and he was glad their house was still standing. All he had to say for himself was, “I felt proud.”

Sam Corker will be a junior at Nevada Union High School in the fall. E-mail comments to

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