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16A Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 Feather River Bulletin Andrew Srouji, 11, gives Cara a well-deserved hug. Without her warnings, he and members of his family could have been hurt or killed in an early September fire that consumed his First Street Quincy home and two others. Photo by Leila Srouji I 25" 5- . Victoria Metcalf Assistant Editor Not all heroes are human, said Alex Saez, Plumas County Animal Services off er. That's the case when a black Labrador named Cara alerted Salim Srouji that a fire burning the family garage: Salim was able to get his mother and four young children out of the house before it was consumed in flames. He didn't even have time to run back to get their shoes, Leila Srouji said. A fire of an undetermined origin started in the Sroujis' garage and burned their home and two others Sept 4 in East Quincy. House fire Sometime around midnight,' Leila said her brother Salim fell asleep on the sofa. Also asleep in the home was their mother, Salim's three children and Leila's son. Cara kept barking and hitting the window, Leila said her brother explained. At first he ignored the family's pet until she made a noise that he'd never heard from her before. Looking out the window he saw that the garage was fully engulfed in flames and it was burning rapidly toward the house. Quickly waking their mother, Salim then rushed to the rooms where his nephew and his own three children were sound asleep. Salim told his sister that he just had enough time to escape the house with everyone and Cara the dog. Outside, Salim said he realized they didn't have shoes on, but when he turned to enter the house to gather some, he discovered it was already fully engulfed in flames. Leila was on a camping trip in Oregon. She wouldn't receive text messages from her son Andrew and others until they reached a place where there was cell service somewhere along the trail. "I think my house has really burned down," Leila remembers telling her boyfriend. She insisted on cutting her much needed vacation short and rushed home. Leila said that she and her brother went in together to purchase their big, two-story home on First Street. Lefla said they purchased the home when she accepted a job with Plumas County Public Health Services. They moved from Redding. They had been living there about a year when it was destroyed by fire. Although they were insured, announce Local Elks Lodges are again sponsoring educational scholarships to local students through the Elks National Foundation. Most Valuable Student Scholarship The Elks National Foundation will offer 500 scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. These awards are given over a four-year period. The contest will once again be a 100 percent secure, paperless online submission and processing application. For more details and to access the application, visit Application were available beginning Aug. 15, and the deadline for submissions is Nov. 15. Lodge judging will be completed Dec. 20. District judging will be completed by Jan. 14, and state judging will be held Feb. 15 and 16, 2019. California-Hawaii Elks Vocational Grants The Vocational Grant a Program is open to anyone residing in California or Hawaii who is a citizen of the U.S. and planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical course resulting in a certificate or two-year degree and leading to employment opportunities. The criteria used to evaluate applications is based on whether the training program meets the def'mition of vocational/technical training from an accredited educational institution as defined by federal vocational legislation, and whether the course is two years or less in length. Examples of approved courses include, but are not limited to: 6-month police academy, 13-month cosmetology program, 3-month electrical lineman, 13-month veterinary technology course, and 2-year fire science course. Graduating high school seniors may apply or any local citizen of any age who has a supplemental (or above) prices for construction have gone up, so they won't realize a full return on their insurance to cover the cost of rebuilding. She said that local fire officials have investigated the source of the fire, her insurance company has investigated it and others have as well. Leila confessed that it was a very charming home that was lost in the fire. She knows that she will never be able to duplicate it, but as she goes over construction designs she knows she wants something similar. And she plans to rebuild on the same lot. As for housing for the family, she said they just found a rental that's big enough to house everyone. Cara has been living at animal services. Alex Saez said l the family visits regularly to see their hero who is really a sweet dog. Leila said they've taken her bedding and toys, and they are getting her favorite dog food. They adopted Cara when she was 3 or 4 years old. That was a= few years ago. And she's been a: perfect member of the family since she joined them. Whether Cara knows she's a hero or not is undetermined, but the family knows that without her warnings their disaster could have been much worse. rs high school or preparatory school level certifmation. A high school diploma or equivalent is not required. Students should be planning to go to work in the chosen field upon completion of the course. Applications must be completely filled out and include all necessary ! attachments spelled out in the application. Using information from the l school and submitted ! references, the student would be rated bd. tl on motiV itiSil, financial need, skills, grades/aptitude and the appearance of the application. 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