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Child praised for 911 call

TICONDEROGA - A timely fire prevention lesson and a sharp toddler led to the arrest of a bridegroom in Ticonderoga Oct. 16.David Mallette, 32, of Ticonderoga, was arrested by the Ticonderoga Police Department for endangering the welfare of a child -while still in his tuxedo. Mallette, who married earlier in the day, left his 5-year-old son home alone, according to police.Unable to locate his father, Jaydon LaFountain called 911 asking for help."He had the strength and courage to call 911 for help," said Sgt. Mike LaVallie of the Ti PD. "We're very, very proud of Jaydon."The child was taken to the Ti Police Department while officers investigated the incident and sought his parents."Once at the Ticonderoga Police Department, he was given the star treatment and given numerous goodies from both the Ticonderoga police and the Ticonderoga Fire Department," LaVallie said. " One of the Ticonderoga Fire Chiefs, 2nd Assistant Chief William Norton, even went to the nearby McDonalds to retrieve food for this young man. Child Protective Services was notified and a joint investigation was conducted."Police learned Jaydon lives in Mineville with his mother, Jamie Cutting, but was visiting his father in Ticonderoga at the time.The special treatment continued Oct. 18 when the Ti Fire Department hosted a ceremony recognizing Jaydon for his calm call to 911."Any time we can recognize a young man like Jaydon, we jump at it," LaVallie said.The Ti Police Benevolent Association gave Jaydon a new bicycle and helmet. The Ti FD gave him a firefighter tee shirt and certificate.Also on hand was Bill Trybendis of the Moriah Fire Department. Trybendis was one of several Moriah firefighters to give a fire safety lesson to Moriah elementary school students two days before the incident. The lesson included teaching students - including Jaydon - how to call 911."We just did it on Thursday and Jaydon used it on Saturday," Trybendis said. "We've been offering the lessons at school for years. It's good to know the kids listen."Cutting said her family regularly discusses what to do in an emergency."I'm very proud of him," Cutting said of her son. "He did the right thing."Mallette was processed and released to appear in Ticonderoga Town Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 27.

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