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Eleven FFs Recognized for Facing 'Rapidly Advancing' Fire, Saving Man's Life

The Cape Cod Times via YellowBrix

August 10, 2010

SOUTH YARMOUTH – Eleven firefighters are being recognized for their rescue of a 40-year-old West Yarmouth man trapped in a burning house.

A ceremony will be held at tonight’s selectmen’s meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in Yarmouth town hall.

The rescue happened on May 2 when firefighters were called to a blaze at 108 Sullivan Road and found a man trapped in the house, according to Chief Michael Walker.

Firefighters had to work their way worked through heavy smoke and flames and find the man in the living room. He was taken out a back porch where rescue workers administered CPR and took him to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance. According to Walker the man was taken to a “specialized facility” for further treatment and has subsequently made a full recovery.

In a press release Walker said firefighters faced a “rapidly advancing fire, as well as life-threatening flashover and backdraft conditions.” He also wrote, “The team’s selfless actions in the face of conditions that could have cost them their lives, had brought great credit upon themselves and is keeping with the most highest traditions of the fire service.”

Receiving the commendations for “conspicuous gallantry and bravery” are: Capt. Allen Bowles; Lt. Matthew Bearse; Lt. Robert Kittila; Firefighter Robert Cronin; Firefighter Christopher Kobza; Firefighter Michael Lubash; Firefighter Christopher McMahon; Firefighter John Olson; Firefighter Firefighter Daniel Schauwecker; Firefighter Dale Starr; and Firefighter Patrick Sullivan.