Mercersburg ready to welcome child hero home

Memorial Day weekend 2014, Reese Burdette survived a fire. She was burned on over 35% of her body.

For nearly two years, Burdette has been recovering in the hospital, where she spent Halloween dressed as a princess. But to Reese’s little sister, Brinkley Burdette, she’s more of a superhero.

“She’s really brave,” said Brinkley Burdette. “Because when the fire happened she didn’t cry, either.”

Reese Burdette has also been recovering from heart and lung damage.

“She’s good and she’s feeling a little better,” said Brinkley Burdette.

Better enough to finally come home.

Friday afternoon, March 18, between noon and 1:00 p.m., Burdette will be escorted through her hometown of Mercersburg.

The community decorated the streets for the occasion, lining them with purple ribbons, because that’s Burdette’s favorite color.

“Anyone that’s got to go through that kind of agony and grief need all the love and support they can get,” said Melissa Stuff, a family friend.

Burdette’s elementary school is also decked out in her favorite color. Everyone there is anxiously awaiting her return.

“I’m excited for her to come home because she’s been away for almost two years now and we just miss her a lot,” said Daisy Donahoe, Reese’s friend.

Burdette’s resistance is teaching her teachers a lesson.

“I think that we all just see her as our hero because she’s been through so much and she’s just shown us that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything,” said Jaimie Pine, Reese’s teacher.

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