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Kidde Heroes of the Week: Michael Adams and the Los Angeles Sanitation Department


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Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Kidde Hero of the Week…

This week, we honor Michael Adams from the Los Angeles Sanitation Department.

A 13-year-old boy named Jesse Hernandez had been missing for more than 12 hours. They knew the boy had been in an area park which was home to an abandoned maintenance building. Well, they discovered broken plywood and just had a feeling that the boy had slipped through, dropping 25 feet into a L.A. sewer. That’s when the sanitation department went to work.

They brought in cameras to drop down into the sewer lines, and they spotted a wet hand print in one of the lines. The water level was high and the concern for Jesse’s safety was rising. After several hours of searching, they found the boy okay with just minor scratches and bruises. Michael said that, as a sanitation worker, he never thought he’d be a part of a search and rescue.

For more on this story, check out NBC4 Los Angeles’ coverage here.

Kix’s Response:

Nice work, Michael! When we’re kids, you look into a hole like that and it all looks so interesting, but I can’t imagine that one smelled very good though! It certainly could’ve ended badly.

Thanks to you, Michael Adams and your entire crew at the L.A. Sanitation Department – you guys are our Heroes of the Week!




Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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