Raleigh firefighters honored for saving women

Posted March 27, 2010 1:32 p.m. EDT
Updated March 27, 2010 1:57 p.m. EDT

— Four Raleigh firefighters were honored Saturday for saving the lives of two women during a townhouse fire two years ago.

Capt. Gary Amato, Lt. Donnie Wall and Senior Firefighters Daniel Fox and John Mitchell received the Firemark Award for Heroism during a ceremony at Fire Station 16.

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

The firefighters were on duty around 3 a.m. May 31, 2008, when a fire broke out in a four-unit townhouse building in the 8000 block of Brown Bark Place. Flames had engulfed half the roof by the time firefighters arrived.

They pulled a 55-year-old woman and an 89-year-old woman out from their bedrooms moments before the roof collapsed.

The 55-year-old woman had to be resuscitated at the scene, and the 89-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation. Both women survived.

Amato has been with the Raleigh Fire Department for 27 years, Wall for 24½ years of service, Fox for 8½ years and Mitchell for 9 years.