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February 13, 2008: City recognized employees’ heroic efforts

The City Commission recognized some employees for their heroic efforts in assisting with the fire at St. Andrew’s Towers on February 2, 2008.

Staff evacuated approximately 200 residents with the assistance of the Coral Springs Police Department, CERT Team Members, Fire Dept. Auxiliary, Margate Fire Dept., Sunrise Fire Dept., Tamarac Fire Dept., N. Lauderdale Fire Dept., Pompano Fire Dept., and Lauderhill Fire Dept.

The residents were relocated to Parkside Elementary with the assistance of the American Red Cross and Broward County Mass Transit buses. Overall, there were twelve patients transported to the Coral Springs Medical Center ranging from 2 years of age to 97 years of age. The Red Cross assisted the residents with finding temporary housing.

“These individuals here tonight and their staff assisted the Fire Department in an outcome that was just tremendous.” Fire Chief Mark Curran said. “If it wasn’t for these people, I think it would have been a lot worse. This was a Sterling example of how we executed our emergency medical plan.”

“On behalf of the residents and the staff of St. Andrew’s Towers, we would like to express our deepest thank you the men and women of both the Fire Department and the Police Department who responded to the fire in the early morning hours of February 2,” Director Carol Nichols said.  “There are no words to express our gratitude for the professionalism and compassion that what was shown in nothing less than a horrifying situation that resulted in a tragic death of one of our residents. I firmly believe, however, that many lives were saved because of the brave efforts of those who responded that morning. It could have been so much worse.”

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