A FDNY Medal Day glimpse of two companies at a significant fire.
We'll let the video and news story links tell the tale. Medal Day 2012 will recognize, among many, Engine Company 201 and Ladder Company 114. Be sure to look at Dave LeBlanc's article about this fire in "Sometimes It's Not So Simple". Within that article, Dave takes on the purported idea that based on your sizeup of the exterior conditions you can rightly surmize that the people inside have perished.
A pedestrian stops to look at a building that caught fire earlier in the day in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday, March 13, 2011. Fire officials say a blaze in a Brooklyn apartment building has injured 31 people, four of them critically. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
NEW YORK - Fire officials say the number of injuries from a weekend fire at a Brooklyn apartment building has risen to 40. Nine are in critical condition.
The blaze at the four-story building at 61st Street broke out around 5 a.m. Sunday, and was brought under control about two and a half hours later.
"There was no other option than to push our way up those stairs."
Lieutenant Michael J. McCaffrey, Engine Co. 201
Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Just a personal pet peeve, but I despise the term "winner" when it comes to service awards. The job is not a competition, but a profession, there is no game field or arena in which these incidents take place. These individuals did not go out and seek such accolades when the call came in, it was the result of their actions and the recognition for their efforts in which these awards are being presented.
There are no "winners" they are recipients.
I have the same issues with winning military medals. Medals are awarded, not won.