Baby Ella's brother recognized for great bravery

Grady Ginster posing with his new bravery award.

UPDATED STORY: April 27, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

Remember Baby Ella who was burned in a Quincy house fire in January?

Someone close to her received an award Friday at Adams School.

It wasn't any of the firemen who rescued her, but it was another man in her life.

"Well I was just sitting in my spot and they just called me up," Grady Ginster said.

Ginster is baby Ella's five-year-old big brother and the newest recipient of a bravery award.

"You know I got to thinking and the one person that sent everything into action and I just felt that he needed to be noticed," Sixth Ward Alderman James Musolino said. "I couldn't think of a better place to do it then in front of his peers at school."

The idea to present Ginster with the award came from some of the Quincy City Council Aldermen. It was for Ginster's heroic attempt to save his little sister from the January 3 fire that broke out at their house.

"Thank God he was there to get everything going," Alderman Musolino said. "He got everybody rolling and knowing what to do and when the firefighters got there they went and made their heroic efforts but Grady was our first hero that morning I think."

The fire started just feet away from baby Ella's crib where she was sleeping. Ginster tried to get Ella out of her crib but she kept slipping from his hands. He then ran downstairs to warn his mom of the fire and she called 9-1-1.

"Baby Ella is here because of his actions that morning also," Alderman Musolino said. "He did an awesome job and we're very proud of him."

Baby Ella experienced burns on over 50 percent of her body but she is now back at home recovering with her big brother and trying to figure out where to put that shiny new award.

"I kind of feel like I could keep it where ever I want and I could kind of do whatever I want with it," Ginster said. "Like I could put it in my bedroom or hide it somewhere like that."


ORIGINAL STORY: April 27, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

Grady Ginster, the 5-year-old brother of baby Ella, received a bravery award Friday at a small ceremony at Adams School.

The story touched hearts around the world -- the heroic rescue of baby Ella from a Quincy house fire at 303 Ohio on Jan. 3, 2012.

The fire had ignited on the second floor of the Ginster/Cain home, just feet away from the crib where baby Ella lay sleeping.

After trying without success to remove baby Ella from danger himself, Grady was able to alert his mother who was asleep downstairs.

Grady and his mother made it out of the house on their own and Grady was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were then able to rescue Ella

from the upstairs bedroom.

The baby experienced a long recovery with burns on over 50 percent of her body. She is now back at home with her family after overcoming the odds.

Ella's room saw major fire damage that day, but her crib and the surrounding area remained untouched. For that full story,

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