by Elizabeth Wehman, editor

CAROL AND STEVEN FLAYER are shown being honored by Clayton Township Supervisor Chris Gehringer (right), at a special recognition ceremony at the Clayton Township Hall on Thursday, May 12 for their brave efforts to save their neighbors during a recent fire. Their son also helped in the efforts and was also honored but was unavailable to make it in time to be at the event. (Independent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)

Carol Lirones-Flayer couldn’t sleep one early morning in late April and soon found herself opening some blinds to discover an orange glow coming from the direction of her neighbor’s garage. Upon further investigation, Flayer found a fire was consuming the garage at 2:45 a.m. and knew her neighbors, who were elderly, were in danger. She immediately called for her husband and son as well as dialing 9-1-1.

As they ran outside to see how they could help, window and door banging brought no results. Soon help arrived and the Flayers watched the officers kick in the front door, break windows in bedrooms to rescue the three occupants inside the now burning home. One of the officers found an elderly occupant disoriented, with her walker, in the middle of the living room. Home owners Edward and Larrilee Kippe and their son, Edward were at the Clayton Township meeting and thanked all the responders as well as the Flayers for saving their lives.

For their efforts, the Flayers received recognition from the Clayton Township officials on Thursday, May 12 for their heroic efforts in saving the lives of their neighbors, along with many firefighters and police officers who fought the blaze and arrived on scene to help. The Flayers and their son, Scott Stadler (who was unable to be at the meeting) were given the “Civilian Lifesaver Award.” They are shown here receiving the award from Clayton Township Supervisor Chris Gehringer. “You took the time to notice something amiss. You quickly called 9-1-1 and because of you, you saved the lives of your neighbors,” Gehringer commented about the Flayer’s efforts.

Also honored at the event were Clayton Township police officers, Swartz Creek police officers, Mundy Township police officers and Michigan State Police troopers as well as many local fire fighting departments.

Couple Honored at Clayton Township was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by Karen Elford