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Two Honored for Rescuing Brother from Burning Home

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LAS VEGAS -- Two brothers were honored on Saturday for rushing into their burning home and rescuing their autistic brother.

Saturday, all three brothers, Diego, Draven and Geovanny were along side their mom Shelly Avila.

It was a spilt second decision two weeks ago that kept their story from ending tragically. On April 30, the Avila's trailer home caught fire.

Diego, Draven and mom managed to make it out but the youngest, Geovanny, who also happens to be autistic, was still inside. Diego bolted into action.

"I went back into the house. I put a shirt around my head because I couldn't breathe. I was scared, I was going to run out to tell you the truth, but this is my little brother, so I ran to the back as fast as I could. He was still sleeping on the top bunk," said Diego.

With the help of Draven, Geovanny was rescued moments before the home was consumed with flames.

Saturday, the boys were honored for their bravery and the community stepped up with donation like electronics, gift cards, and a guitar to replace one Diego lost in the fire.

One day before Mother's Day, Shelly said she couldn't be happier to have her boys alive.

"Astonishingly, there are no words for it. I'll never forget this, I don't even know what to say to them. I just give them hugs, if there was a word for more than proud, I'd be using it," said Shelly.

The family home was gone in one minute. Firefighters said they could have had more time to get out had the family had smoke alarms. Shelly spoke Saturday hoping every family could learn something from her near fatal mistake.

"For everybody the smoke detectors are so important and I lapsed on that and almost lost my family because of it," said Shelly.

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