Teacher Credited With Saving Life, Teaches It

Jr. Fire Marshals in Training
Posted on 10/04/2021
Image of Junior Fire Marshalls in TrainingAt Seiberling CLC in east Akron, Barbara Fisher's first-graders have the best possible teacher for their upcoming fire safety lessons as part of The Hartford Junior Fire Marshal Program. Barbara uses this specific program for teaching, but she's also featured in many of the student lessons available online.

We consider her an expert, as her teaching saved a student's life in 2019. You may recall hearing that one of her students, inspired by the lessons Fisher gave to her students, saved her own life. The six-year-old student, Zhiouli Wilson, was trapped in her home near Seiberling one morning in May. She survived using techniques she learned in Mrs. Fisher's fire safety class.

Zhiouli’s teacher Barb Fisher said the fire safety lessons her class went through two weeks earlier might have saved the little girl’s life.

At the time of the fire, Fisher said, "We had just done our fire safety not two weeks before that so it was all so fresh in her mind. And the firefighter that rescued her said that she saved herself by what she had learned, what we had taught," Fisher said.

Other students were also given those fire safety lessons with help from the Akron Fire Department and insurance company The Hartford.

Two mobile safety houses were brought to the school and filled with simulated smoke for students to practice crawling low to escape a house fire (also from May of 2019).

(Masks were removed for just a quick moment to capture all of the smiling faces.)

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