Pet's best friend

Lili Rigas, a second-grader at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, recently heard a smoke alarm going off inside a neighbor’s home.  When her knocks on the neighbor’s door weren’t answered and she noticed smoke coming from inside, she convinced her father to call the Hilton Head Island Fire Department.  Firefighters arrived and were able to confine the fire to the room where it started, saving not only the house but also three dogs and two cats that were locked inside.  For her actions, Lili was recognized by the Town of Hilton Head and the Beaufort County Board of Education with certificates of commendation.  The three dogs Lili saved from the fire appear with her in the photo.  The cats, citing personal and philosophical differences with the dogs, declined to participate.