Sunday, November 13, 2011

Teen Interprets in Emergency

An Indianapolis teen helped to rescue a family from a fire with sign language. Sarah Blackwell had only studied ASL at school, but she remembered enough to help firefighters communicate with Mark and Karen Alberti this afternoon. The 18-year-old was eating lunch at a local restaurant when she saw smoke coming from a nearby house and ran to help. The couple and their 12-year-old daughter, each of them deaf, escaped unharmed. Blackwell interpreted for the family to the firefighters that the the fire started from a pile of trash while they were putting up Christmas lights. Blackwell told a local TV station that the experience so impressed her that she's considering majoring in American Sign Language in college.