LEESVILLE -- When 7-year-old Dalton Tibbitts' firefighter-father stood guard over the casket of fallen Leesville firefighter Michael Allen in July, the boy insisted on doing so, too.

Dalton's kindness did not go unnoticed by the Vernon Parish Fire District Honor Guard and on Tuesday, the group named Dalton an honorary guard member.

The presentation was made following a meeting of the Vernon Parish Fire District Board.

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