Center Grove teen to be cited by governor after family's rescue


Construction has started rebuilding the Greenwood home Rita Rice had lived in for over 40 years after an April fire caused damage beyond repair. Rice was pulled from the burning building by Ian Kenny who is receiving an award from Governor Mitch Daniels later this month. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Ian Kenney is receiving an award from Governor Mitch Daniels later this month for rescuing Rita Rice from her burning home last April. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

When a teen thinks about the house fire he and a family escaped earlier this year, he remembers the smoke.

The smoke was almost too thick to see through; and when Ian Kenney tried to breathe, he could taste chemicals and feel his lungs and throat burn.

He could barely move after breathing it in, and he thought he was going to die in the fire.

Kenney also remembers the day after the fire, when he went back to see the damage at the house that was destroyed in the blaze.

He could see through all of the living room walls and into rooms where the ceiling had caved in, including where 4-year-old Gavin Rice had been sleeping the night of the May 5 fire. After Kenney and his friend, Jordan Rice, escaped from the house, Kenney rescued Gavin Rice by pulling him through a window.

This month Gov. Mitch Daniels will recognize Kenney and present him with his Eagle Scout badge as well as an Honor Medal with Crossed Palms for heroism.

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