Published: Apr 22, 2010 7:22 PM EDT

LOWNDES COUNTY, Mississippi - A four-year-old boy named Shamarie Calhoun was hailed as a hero, after he extinguished a grease fire in his apartment. 

The boy's mother was in the kitchen when grease spilled on the stove and ignited. As she was gathering the children to evacuate the family from the home, Shamarie decided to take action. The four-year-old grabbed a fire extinguisher and proceeded to knock out the flames.

The boy's mother credits her son's day care with taching him how to use the fire extinguisher. 

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Department presented Shamarie with the badge of courage for his brave actions.