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12-01-2008 Firefighters to be Honored With Life-Saving Award

Coral Springs-            On May 12th, 2008 Coral Springs Firefighters responded to a house fire in which multiple reports advised of heavy smoke and fire coming from a first floor apartment.  When those crews arrived, they found a three-story apartment moderately involved in fire.  The crew from Fire Station 43 entered the home to perform an aggressive search and rescue operation.  Engine 43 and Rescue 43 crews shared rescue and fire suppression activities, unsure of the progress of the fire.  Lieutenant Scott Nathanson heard a moan, and after a search of that area found a female lying on the ground.  Firefighter/Paramedic John Barry began to remove the female from the apartment when he discovered the female was covering an infant with her body.  The mother was passed to Lead Medic Alden Prince.  Prince and Barry removed the mother and child from the home for transport to the hospital.  The mother and infant both stopped breathing shortly after they were removed from the house.  CSFD crews resuscitated both mother and infant shortly after they left the scene.  The mother was taken to North Broward Medical Center; the infant was transported to Coral Springs Medical Center.  Both were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Burn Center later that night for specialized care.  The members of Station 43 will be given life saving awards during the Coral Springs City Commission meeting this Tuesday evening.  The South Florida media is encouraged to attend the awards ceremony.  All members will be in attendance to receive their awards.  The ceremony will be held at Coral Springs City Hall:  9551 West Sample Road.  The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.




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