Raleigh firefighters to be honored for heroism

Posted March 24, 2010 2:19 p.m. EDT

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.