A 3-year-old Staten Island boy is being hailed a "little hero'' for alerting his family about a blaze in the basement of their home.
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano says it's amazing that Christopher Cooke had the presence to do what he did at such a young age. He spoke at a ceremony Tuesday where the boy earned the title of junior firefighter.
Christopher woke his sleeping father after spotting smoke coming from a fire behind a clothes dryer on Dec. 30.
He screamed "alarm, alarm, alarm.''
The boys' parents said Christopher was taught fire safety instructions in schools.