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Firefighters of the Year

Posted on Feb 15, 2018

Firefighters Receive Award for Saving Man from Burning Building

Three township firefighters who pulled a man from a burning apartment building last October have been recognized by area police and fire chiefs with the Firefighter of the Year Award.

Fire was visible at two second-floor windows and smoke was escaping from the front door when Lt. Justin Keller and firefighters Zach Eddy and Kyle Johnson arrived at the three-story building, located at 261 N. Main St., behind Marion’s Pizza.

Inside, a man was unconscious on the second floor. Two Centerville police officers had assisted him from his apartment to the hallway, but were forced to turn back due to heavy smoke and deteriorating conditions.

With zero visibility, the fire crew climbed the stairs, found the unresponsive man, and pulled him to safety. Crew members then returned to the building to evacuate six others from neighboring apartments. “The quick action and teamwork of both police officers and firefighters saved this man’s life,” said Fire Chief Bill Gaul. “While the victim spent some time in the hospital, he was ultimately released.”

The fire was controlled within ten minutes of the Washington Township Fire Department arriving on the scene and damage was contained to the apartment where the fire originated, according to Gaul. Battalion Chief Ron Kern provided fire command for the incident.

The award ceremony was hosted by the Montgomery County Association of Police Chiefs and the Greater Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association.

Lt. Justin Keller Kyle Johnson Zach Eddy

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