Heroic actions of local firefighters rewarded
MONTGOMERY – On Tuesday, July 9, three members of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company were publically commended at the Montgomery Borough Council Meeting for their heroic actions in saving the life of a woman in an apartment fire earlier this spring.
Assistant Fire Chief Brad Feaster, and Firefighters Chris Swisher and Daniel Bridge were recognized by two members of the Montgomery Borough Police Department, Officer Ken Flewelling and Office-In-Charge Eric Winters.
In March the firefighters were dispatched to go to a local apartment complex and a section of the building was filled with heavy smoke. They searched the area and discovered an elderly woman who had been overwhelmed by smoke and were able to get her out of the building to be treated by paramedics. Feaster then returned to the smoke-filled building and was able to extinguish the blaze with a water cannon.
Apartment complex fires are more complicated than single residence fires due to large areas, long hallways, and multiple residences, and Feaster said they were assisted by two other fire companies that got the rest of the residents in about twenty different apartments evacuated safely. The incident also required bringing in special ventilation equipment.
Feaster commented afterwards that smoke detectors save lives, and said that anyone who lives in an apartment complex needs to immediately leave the building whenever a smoke detector goes off. Sometimes people assume they can be false alarms, but every incident needs to be taken seriously.