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Boy, Boston firefighter meet after fire rescue

October 19, 2011

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BOSTON—A 6-year-old boy and the firefighter who saved him from a massive apartment fire have met again.

Firefighter Glenn McGillivray caught Xavier Lara in his arms Monday morning after Xavier's grandmother dropped the boy to him from a third-floor window. They met again Wednesday at McGillivray's station, Boston Fire House 42.

Mayor Thomas Menino gave special commendations to McGillivray and his colleagues for their work on the six-alarm fire.

The firefighters gave Xavier a fire department shirt and hat, and made him an honorary member of their engine company.

Also Wednesday, the man police said set the fire in an apparent suicide attempt pleaded not guilty to arson and other charges. Twenty-eight-year-old Abdul Jabar Mohamed of Medford was arraigned at the hospital where he's being treated for burns. His bail was set at $100,000.