Police, Benschop Foundation reward Glasgow girl for bravery

Seven-year-old Kissan Henry receiving a plaque from Crime Chief Paul Williams (at left) and Deputy Crime Chief Supertindent Michael Kingston.

Kissan Henry, the seven-year-old who rescued her brother from their burning Glasgow Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice house last Monday, was yesterday recognised by the Guyana Police Force, the Mark Benschop Foundation and others for her heroism.

At a simple ceremony at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Henry received a plaque, books and a bottle of perfume, which were from Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud, Crime Chief Paul Williams and other members of the force.

According to a brief Guyana Police Force statement, “the force has recognised her for bravery and brilliant thinking from a humanitarian standpoint at such a tender age.”

Last Monday, around 9.30 pm, the interior of the upper flat of the house where Henry and her four-year-old brother were left home alone caught afire.

Before neighbours could render assistance, Kissan tied her brother in a sheet and lowered him to the ground from a window of the upper flat of the house. In order to save herself, the girl, while using the sheet for assistance, jumped from the window. She suffered an injury as a result of the jump.

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