WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized MaKenzie Sheehan of Monroe as the “Granite Stater of the Month” for May for her bravery and quick-thinking, which helped save her family when their house caught on fire recently.
MaKenzie’s fire education at school helped equip her with the tools and knowledge necessary to react when she woke to a crash in her bedroom on the night of the fire. She quickly acted to wake her sister and her cries for help woke the rest of her family and they were all able to make it out of their home in time. The story of MaKenzie’s bravery is a reminder of the critical importance of emergency preparedness for people of all ages.
Senator Hassan launched the “Granite Stater of the Month” initiative last year to recognize outstanding New Hampshire citizens who go above and beyond to help their neighbors and make their communities stronger. To nominate a New Hampshire citizen to be a “Granite Stater of the Month,” constituents can complete the nomination form here.
Click here and see below for a statement that Senator Hassan submitted into the Congressional Record recognizing MaKenzie Sheehan.
M. President, I am proud to recognize second grader MaKenzie Sheehan of Monroe, New Hampshire, as the May Granite Stater of the Month for her bravery and quick-thinking that helped save her family when their house caught on fire recently.
On the night of the fire, MaKenzie woke to a crash in her bedroom, and when she saw a wall of fire, she quickly acted to wake her sister. Remembering from her fire education at school that the door would be hot, she knew not to touch it, and began screaming for help. Her cries alerted the rest of the family, and they were able to make it out just in time.
Her family is very proud and grateful for MaKenzie’s grace under pressure and considers her their hero.
I am honored to recognize MaKenzie as the May Granite Stater of the Month. MaKenzie represents the strength of character that defines the Granite State, and her actions are an excellent reminder that no matter our age, it is critical that we are equipped with the knowledge of what to do in case of an emergency.