LaFave, a volunteer firefighter who has Down Syndrome, helped four developmentally disabled children reach safety during a kitchen fire July 18, according to a Cowlitz 2 press release
The blaze started in the kitchen at a home on the 100 block of Derek Drive, when four children (ages 13, 10, 9 and 6) were at the house without an adult. LaFave, who lives next door, called 911, confirmed the kids were outside of the home and ensured they did not re-enter.
Later after the incident Lieutenant Jason Sanders, the Duty Chief that day, submitted a letter of commendation to his captain and to the Fire Chief Dave LaFave, who is Ryan’s father.
The chief awarded Ryan LaFave, 21, a letter of commendation and a Silver Coin Wednesday. The Silver Coin is given to members of the fire department as recognition for exemplary service to the public and department.