Friday, April 15, 2011

Real Heroes - Fresno Firefighters

Nominator: Michael Despain

On May 25, 2010 neighbors saw flames coming from a house down the block and believed family members were still inside the home. The first Fresno Fire Department crew arrived on scene within four minutes, and by that time flames had engulfed the home.

Captain Clint Nichols, Captain Doug Garifo, Captain Daniel Escobar, Engineer Richard Willard and Firefighter Kevin Hughes were aware of the trapped family members inside the home so they entered the structure and began search and rescue operations while fighting the fire.
Moments after entering the home, Captain Garifo informed the Command Post a fire victim had been found. Engineer Willard found Mrs. Glenna Smith unconscious on the floor in one of the bedroom. Together, Engineer Willard along with Captains Escobar, Nichols, and Garifo, carried Mrs. Smith out of the house to awaiting fire personnel.

Captain Charles Leach, Engineer Fred Woods, Firefighter Joshua Sellers and Firefighter Anthony Troncale immediately began to resuscitate Mrs. Smith, who was found pulseless and not breathing. With the assistance of American Ambulance Paramedic, Mrs. Smith was transported to Community Regional Medical Center and was revived. Mrs. Smith was discharged from Regional Medical Center the following week.

On December 1, 2010 the Fresno Fire Department awarded medals of valor to these firefighters for their actions on May 25, 2010.

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