Raleigh firefighters to be honored for heroism

Posted March 24, 2010

Four firefighters with the Raleigh Fire Department will receive the Firemark Award for Heroism on Saturday for rescuing two people from a townhouse fire two years ago.

The award, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, honors firefighters who assist in heroic lifesaving efforts and best represent their communities through valor and selfless spirit.

In May 2008, Engine Company 16 responded to a 3 a..m. fire alarm in a four-unit townhouse on Brown Bark Place. Capt. Gary Amato, Lt. Donny Wall and Senior Firefighters Daniel Fox and John Mitchell rescued two elderly residents from a bedroom in one of the townhouses, and both survived.

The award ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Raleigh Fire Station 16, at 5225 Lead Mine Road.


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  • Just the facts mam Mar 26, 2010

    Very cool.....

  • Bohican Mar 26, 2010

    Shame this story is at the bottom right of this webpage. The two fire fighters accused of wrong doing were prominently displayed in the web page as they should. However, we should also prominently celebrate acts of heroism too. Great job. Congrats!

  • Check Yourself 1st Mar 25, 2010

    Funny how when any of Raleigh's bravest are in trouble, it makes the top of the homepage, but let them stick their necks out to save someone's life and actually be recognized for it, and ya'll decide it is "noteworthy". Great job, Matthew Burns. No, really...thanks, really. I mean it. You represent everything that is right about journalism.