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The Telegram
  • Four Ilion firefighters honored for actions during house fire

  • Four Ilion firefighters were honored with the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for their actions during a house fire in November.

    The awards were presented to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Paddock, Lieutenant Larry DelGrego and Firefighters Andy Monahan and Andy Vandawalker during the Jan. 23 meeting of the village board.

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  • Four Ilion firefighters were honored with the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for their actions during a house fire in November.
    The awards were presented to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Paddock, Lieutenant Larry DelGrego and Firefighters Andy Monahan and Andy Vandawalker during the Jan. 23 meeting of the village board.
    Paul Miscione, of Liberty Mutual, was on hand to present the awards and read a description of the events:
    “In the early morning of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, the Ilion Fire Department was called to a structure fire at 389 Otsego St. Upon arrival, crews were met with a well involved fire on the first floor with heavy smoke visible from the entire building. In addition, neighbors reported that the occupants of the home had not been seen and were likely trapped inside the building.
    “Under the direction of Fire Chief James Trevett, crews were sent into the burning structure to attack the fire while simultaneously searching for the trapped victims. Without the protection of a hoseline and with the fire still yet to be contained, Lt. Lawrence DelGrego and Firefighter Andrew Vandawalker located and rescued an unconscious female from the first floor.
    “A crew was also sent to the second floor, which was the likely location of the second victim. Working above the fire, in high heat and zero visibility, Deputy Chief Robert Paddock and Firefighter Andrew Monahan located and rescued an unconscious male victim from the structure.”
    “Without hesitation and at great personal risk, they entered this building and carried out the job they have been trained to do by rescuing both victims within six minutes of the original call,” said Miscione. “If not for the valor and heroic efforts of these men, this incident could have had a very different outcome.”
    He noted the woman was transported by helicopter to the Clark Burn Center in Syracuse, where she later died from her injuries. The man was first taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center and later, by helicopter, to Syracuse. He was released from the burn center after several weeks.

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