Click the link to Nominate a Hero for the 2024 Silent Hero Awards. The 2024 Silent Hero Awards will be held Saturday, September 28th, 2024 at the Delta Flight Museum.

The Ronnie Thames Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping children and their families when their lives have been forever changed by fire.

Shriners Hospital

Since Shriners Hospitals for Children entered the burn care field, the survival rate for children with burns over more than 50 percent of their body surface has doubled.

In addition, patients with burns over 90 percent can survive, and go on to lead full, productive lives. The Ronnie Thames Foundation is a supporter of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Since 1999, an average of 496 children ages 14 and under have died each year due to unintentional fire or burn-related injury.

Approximately 85 percent of fire-related deaths occur in homes. Every year, more than 400 children under the age of 10 die in fire homes

An Average of 12 children ages 14 and under die from scald burn injuries each year. Children ages 4 and under account for nearly all of these deaths.

Silent Hero Stories

Heroism - 2020

Jason Cadenhead (Volunteer) – Troup County Fire Department

The nominee, Volunteer Firefighter Jason Cadenhead, deserves the 2020 Silent Hero Award in the category of Heroism because of his Heroic Actions while operating at a working residential structure fire on October 23, 2019. At 12:53 the Troup County Fire Department received an alarm of a residential structure fire with entrapment located at 395 Pine Hill Rd., LaGrange, Georgia. Upon arrival of Tanker 5 (other units were responding to another fire alarm) personnel found heavy fire coming from the front of residence and smoke throughout. Personnel used a 1 ¾ hand line to attack the fire and other personnel were trying to gain access to the room where the victim was located. The windows to the victims’ room had wire over one window and a window air conditioning unit in the other. Personnel removed the window unit to remove smoke from the victims’ room that was down to the floor and other firefighters started to work on the wiring over the other window. While working on the wired window, we heard the victim lying on the floor in front of the bed. Luckily, the door was closed but fire was impending into the room and the room was full of smoke.

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