Firehouse Heroism and Community Service Awards: Top Winners

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 (ret.) of the...


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With units being redirected and still responding, and with the civilians in clear and imminent danger, Paramedic in Charge John Wodzyisz and Fire Paramedic Sergio Moreno, without protective flotation devices or water-rescue equipment, dove into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. Braving the high winds and waves, the paramedics swam along the break wall and secured both civilians. They brought them to the inland shoreline where they were assisted by arriving fire companies.