We are pleased to announce the newest honorees in our Firehouse® Magazine Heroism & Community Service Awards program and take pride in highlighting the bravery of these outstanding individuals. We recognize the judges: Chief Mark McLees of the Syracuse, NY, Fire Department; Chief Edward...
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On Feb. 14, 2010, at 3:01 P.M., the Freeport Fire Department responded to a house fire with a report of an elderly woman trapped. Heavy fire was venting from windows on the first floor and auto-exposing the second floor. Interior crews reported it was impossible to use the interior stairs to search without a handline. Walsh lowered the aerial into position at a second-floor window believed to be the room of the trapped woman. Ex-Captain Walsh and Firefighter Peralta climbed the ladder. They entered the heavily charged room. Both were forced to their hands and knees by high heat and began their search in zero visibility. The woman was located on top of the bed. They pulled the woman from the bed and dragged her back to the window. With the help of other members, they lifted her outside. Once she was clear, they resumed their search and checked for extension.
Firefighter Justin Eric Davidson Prince George's County Fire Department College Park Volunteer Fire Department Company 12
On April 13, 2010, Firefighter Davidson was off duty from his firefighter job with Truck 33 of the Anne Arundel, MD, County Fire Department. At 3:35 P.M., Davidson was taking a nap in his parents' home when his mother came into the bedroom, screaming the house was on fire. Fire and heavy smoke were pushing from the attic eaves and had begun to take over the living room. He got his mother and two dogs out of the house and instructed his mother to call 911. He re-entered to get his father. Davidson grabbed a four-foot shovel and an extinguisher to keep the fire in check. Davidson met his father in the hallway and he was being overcome by smoke. The father is disabled and suffers from severe emphysema. Davidson positioned himself between the fire and his father. He removed his father from the house and re-entered to keep the fire from spreading.
Firefighter Phillip J. Cetrino Boston, MA, Fire Department Rescue Company 1
On Aug. 30, 2010, Rescue Company 1 responded to a report of a jumper. There was a highly distraught and agitated woman standing on a sixth-floor window ledge. Firefighter Cetrino prepared for a high-angle rescue. With a safety harness and ropes, he placed himself as close as possible to the edge of the roof. Police negotiators planned to get the woman from the ledge into the room. They were able to talk her inside when Cetrino was told to rappel into the window, knocking the woman down. She was armed with a scalpel and a struggle ensued. He prevented the woman from harming herself and him. Police rapidly entered the room and subdued the screaming woman.
Captain Michael Ascone Anchorage, AK, Fire Department Engine 7
On July 21, 2010, Fire Station 7 received a dispatch to Jewel Lake for an inland water rescue. A 911 caller reported hearing someone calling for help, then witnessed a victim 100 yards from the lake shore. Upon arrival, witnesses stated the victim had submerged moments before firefighters arrived. Captain Ascone commandeered a private boat and sent Firefighter Nielson to mark the location. A second boat was commandeered and was rowed to the location. Both Ascone and Nielson dove in the murky water with zero visibility. Ascone reached the victim in the first dive in 12 to 15 feet of water. After coming up for air, he and Neilson swam the victim to the surface. The victim was brought into the boat and was in cardiac arrest. CPR was started and the craft rowed to shore to a waiting medic.
2010 Winners' Ring
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