STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives welcomed
7-year-old Angel Jimenez, the boy who alerted adults to a fire at Hasbro
Children’s Hospital, to the House chamber.
Rep. Grace Diaz (D–Dist. 11, Providence) welcomed Angel, who
lives in her district, along with his mother and uncle during Thursday’s
“Heroes come in every size, every color and every
ethnicity,” said Representative Diaz on the House floor. “But you never expect
that a 7-year-old boy would be alert, be ready to notify adults of a situation
that could have a tragic impact on so many people. If he hadn’t sounded the
alarm when he did, firefighters said it could have been devastating.”
Angel was visiting his little brother, who was a patient at
the hospital, on Jan. 15 when he witness and alerted adults to a fire on the
rooftop of one of the hospital’s buildings. Because of the quick alarm,
firefighters were able to have the fire under control within 10 minutes of
arriving at the scene.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza presented him with a
citizen’s citation and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare called Angel a
After Representative Diaz spoke, Angel was given a standing
ovation by the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House Nicholas A.
Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) invited him to the rostrum to say hello to the