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    Default Some GOOD Fire Department news for a change

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    Off-duty firefighter saves children, elderly couple


    By Linda Yu
    February 13, 2004 An off-duty firefighter was on his way to work when he spotted smoke in the Englewood neighborhood. David Lietz headed over to the 1400-block of West Marquette where he found two homes were on fire.



    "I pulled up in my truck. Nobody was there yet. A lady said, 'There's kids in there,'" said Lietz.

    Despite the fact he didn't have his gear, Lietz headed into the burning building.

    "When I got out of the truck, the adrenalin starts pumping. She yelled about kids and you forget everything else and go in and do what you can. Luckily, it wasn't too hot yet and I got the kids and old guy. Lucky they got out."

    Lietz rescued at least six children, who told him about the elderly woman and man still inside. Lietz found them and then headed into the second building. When his own company, Engine Company 54, and others sped up, Lietz was able to tell them there was no one in the second structure.

    Lietz doesn't consider himself a hero, saying any firefighter would have acted as he did. Now, he's back on the job.

    "Its just another day at work. I got 24 hours ahead of me. Maybe I'll get a chance to help somebody else," said Lietz
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    C'mon!
    Let's hear it for FF Leitz!
    Way to go guy!

    Thank you MIKEY.

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    Look at it max no firefighter arson,,no bells or theft,no alcohol,no murder , no packages or boxes why this cant be a story of firefighter at all!
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    Kia Kaha David Lietz.

    Capt Gonzo. Do we have a hall of fame over at IACOJ, as FF Lietz deserves to be in it. At least, instant membership should be assured.

    Maybe the post above this would make the "Hall of Shame."
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    Happened around here not very long ago. A FF from another VFD was getting off work at one of the area Chemical plants around 3am when he spotted smoke coming from a house. He stopped and made sure that everyone was out. VFD was getting enroute so he used the garden hose to keep it from spreading in the wall over the fireplace where it had started until they could get there. By the time the Vollies got the trucks on scene the fire was almost out and they had very little dammage to worry about. The homeowner was quite grateful for the quick save.

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    Now that shows the true heart of a firefighter.
    Way to go FF Lietz!!!!!

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    Originally posted by stm4710
    Look at it max no firefighter arson,,no bells or theft,no alcohol,no murder , no packages or boxes why this cant be a story of firefighter at all!
    Nice picture of you looking over the cliff. Where did you get the dog?
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    Good Job!! Way to go!!

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    AHHHHHHHH... The pleasure of seeing positive press again! Job Well Done!
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    Nice job David!!!!!!
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    Default FDNY crew saves 2 in E. Harlem

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    Firefighters pulled a barely conscious man and woman out of a burning apartment in East Harlem yesterday morning, saving their lives in a daring rescue.
    "They didn't have much time," said Lt. Greg Prial, who along with four fellow firefighters from Ladder 43, saved the unidentified victims.
    "If it hadn't been for the guys being quick into the door and an aggressive search, they wouldn't have made it," Prial said.The emergency call came in around 9:25 a.m.
    Firefighters racing from Engine 53/Ladder 43 quickly reached the 10-story building on Second Ave. between E. 101st and E. 102nd Sts."As soon as my sister called, the firemen were there," said Seaisha Johnson, 12, who lives in a third-floor apartment down the hall from the fire."Everybody started screaming 'Fire! Fire!'" Seaisha said. "There was so much smoke and it was really hot."
    Prial and Firefighters Al Vega and Dan O'Keefe used an ax to break through the apartment door and were immediately hit with a blast of heat and smoke.
    Wielding a portable fire extinguisher, Vega, a 15-year veteran, held back flames devouring the living room so O'Keefe and Prial could search the apartment.
    Prial, a 23-year veteran, entered the bathroom and found a semiconscious man lying naked in the bathtub.
    O'Keefe, who recently joined the Fire Department, pushed forward down the hall into a bedroom, where he found a woman naked on a bed. She also was semiconscious, Prial said.
    The rescue team, with help from fellow Firefighters Nick Carberry and Andre Cox, carried the victims to safety.
    Engine 53 was close behind and immediately got water on the flames, extinguishing the blaze.
    The victims, described as in their 20s, were rushed to Metropolitan Hospital, where they were in stable condition.
    The cause of the fire was being investigated, an FDNY spokesman said.
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    Default RspctFrmCalgary says:

    I couldn't wait until I get my internet hooked up tomorrow to post on this one so I'm posting under PFire's name for now. This is truly outstanding. Undoubtedly there are unsung things like this that happen every day.

    Awesome job on both rescues! Thanks Mike and Ray for sharing these with us.

    Sheri

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    Fighting the good fight.

    I am proud of David Lietz, that is what being a fight fighter is all about.

    And I dont want to hear any "No PPE, no backup, bad boy" BS.

    It is just awsome what Mr. Lietz did.

    Thank god everybody is A OK.
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    -Adversity: That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.

    -Despair: Its always darkest before it goes Pitch Black.

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