In the same Ceremony, Lieutenant Russell's actions were described in detail when on March 14 of this year, he was awakened from a sound sleep only moments before his alert pager would come to life reporting a house fire with people trapped. Before the dispatcher could utter his first words, Tim was in his gear running literally across the street. Tim's twelve year old neighbor was pounding on his door to tell him her nine year old brother was upstairs in their house while the fire raged below. When Tim rounded the far side of the home, he could see the boy in the second story window. He knew there may not be a lot of time before the fire reached him. He had to tell him several times to jump to him, which the boy did not seem too interested in doing. While he was yelling at him to jump, he was joined by a Brockport Police Officer. Between the two responders, he finally did jump. When asked how he reacted after being caught below, Tim simply stated "he just took off running". I guess after having just escaping an inferno, I might have done the same thing. In media interviews, the Lieutenant was asked several times about his actions. Obviously humbled by the experience, he just kept repeating to the different reporters: "I am a volunteer firefighter and I didn't have time to think about it. I just did what I have been trained to do".
Tim too was surrounded by family as he was presented with his Heroism Award. At his side was his wife Erica and their children Ben, Emma and Skylar.
All three families were very pleased to have their firefighters recognized in such a fashion; the Connors, the Russells and their fire department family were all gushing with pride as they shared a standing ovation with the recipients. Thank you to Liberty Mutual for this recognition.