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04-20-2006 Firefighters Receive Lifesaving Award

On February 16, 2006 a call was received reference a structure fire in the City of Coral Springs, FL.  Within 2 minutes fire crews arrived to find a four-plex with heavy black smoke billowing from two sides.  Crews quickly acted and began their attack.  Engine 43 crew Lieutenant Jan Tripician, Driver Engineer Dave Guerra, and Firefighter Mike Rossini began deploying lines, securing power, and forcing entry to the effected apartment.  After it was safe to do so, Lieutenant Tripician and Firefighter Rossini entered the structure and began their attack.  While at the pump panel, Driver Engineer Dave Guerra was informed by two Police Officers that there was a family of four trapped on a second floor apartment.  Driver Engineer Guerra quickly removed a 24' extension ladder from Engine 43 and placed it to the second story window.  Guerra removed all four residents and a family pet from the window despite heavy smoke and heat conditions.  The family that was rescued from the home contacted Fire Chief Donald Haupt and informed him of the heroic actions taken by the crews.  On April 18, 2006 Engine 43's crew met face to face with the family they helped rescue during an awards ceremony at City Hall.  The entire crew was presented a life saving award by the Fire Chief and Mayor Scott Brook.  The family also presented a special plaque of their own to Driver Engineer Guerra for his quick thinking and compassion during the rescue.

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