Young Hurlburt hero named honorary firefighter

Young Hurlburt hero named honorary firefighter

Jabari Skinner uses a fire extinguisher trainer at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017. Fire extinguisher trainers are used to teach people how to properly use real fire extinguishers. Jabari is the son of Master Sgt. Marvin Skinner, superintendent of manpower readiness with the Air Force Special Operations Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

Young Hurlburt hero named honorary firefighter

Jabari Skinner receives a coin from Col. Steven Breeze, the vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017. Jabari was coined for his quick actions retrieving a fire extinguisher during an electrical fire incident at his family’s home in base housing. Jabari is the son of Master Sgt. Marvin Skinner, superintendent of manpower readiness with the Air Force Special Operations Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

Young Hurlburt hero named honorary firefighter

Jabari Skinner shakes hand with Col. Steven Breeze, the vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017. Breeze coined Jabari for his quick actions retrieving a fire extinguisher during an electrical fire incident at his family’s home in base housing. Jabari is the son of Master Sgt. Marvin Skinner, superintendent of manpower readiness with the Air Force Special Operations Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

Young Hurlburt hero named honorary firefighter

Jabari Skinner fist bumps Senior Airman Sergio Garay, a firefighter with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, while being showed firemen’s gear at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017. Jabari was named an honorary firefighter for his quick actions retrieving a fire extinguisher during an electrical fire incident at his family’s home in base housing. Jabari is the son of Master Sgt. Marvin Skinner, superintendent of manpower readiness with the Air Force Special Operations Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Not all heroes wear uniforms; they don’t even make uniforms small enough to fit 9-year-old Jabari Skinner.

When an electrical socket caught fire in his family’s home, Jabari immediately knew what to do. He ran and grabbed a fire extinguisher for his mother before anyone else could act, helping prevent the fire from growing and causing serious damage.

“It was just the right thing to do,” said Jabari.

Members of the base fire department paid a visit when they heard about Jabari’s bravery, naming him an honorary firefighter and gifted him a firefighter helmet.

Jabari showed that even at his young age, critical thinking skills can make a huge difference, and it was a very noble thing to do, said Jarvis Amos, a deputy fire chief with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron.

Jabari and his family were invited to the fire station to learn about fire prevention and how to operate a fire extinguisher in case he ever encounters another fire again.

“I’m glad that he responded as quickly as he did,” said Master Sgt. Marvin Skinner, Jabari’s father and superintendent of manpower readiness with the Air Force Special Operations Command. “He was there to do what I wasn’t able to (while TDY).”

As a final show of appreciation for Jabari’s quick and courageous actions, the young Air Commando received a challenge coin from Col. Steven Breeze, the vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing.

National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 and the Hurlburt fire station will be hosting multiple events to recognize its significance, emphasizing the importance of fire safety to every member of Team Hurlburt.