Llano girl honored for saving siblings, cat from Llano house fire

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LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — A 14-year-old girl received major recognition this week from her community after she saved her three siblings and a pet from a destructive house fire in March. 

At the City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Gail Lang declared April 1 as Abby Machuga Day in Llano. The proclamation stated that Machuga deserved special recognition for “extraordinary acts to secure the safety of her family.”  

KXAN previously reported that Machuga discovered an electrical fire in her 9-year-old sister’s bedroom on the morning of March 12. Machuga went through the flames to grab her sister out of bed and carry her safely outside. She then went back into her family’s burning home twice to get out her two younger brothers and a cat. 

The mayor’s proclamation for Machuga also read, “Actions such as this, serve to revitalize our human spirit, reminding us that in this busy world we live in, people still care deeply about assisting others.” 

On Monday night, firefighters from the Llano Volunteer Fire Department also presented a plaque to the Llano High School freshman for their Life Saving Award.

According to the letter recommending Machuga for the award, Fire Chief Jason Hackworth and Assistant Fire Chief Tim Harden stated, “Abby is clearly a Llano home town hero. Without her acts of valor, the situation could have turned tragic. The Llano Fire Department considers Abby a superstar and a fellow junior firefighter.” 

KXAN last reported that Machuga and her family are temporarily living in a hotel until their badly damaged home can be fully repaired after the fire. 

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