Mayor Richard J. Berry Recognizes Members of AFD
December 21, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized the Albuquerque Fire Department’s Engine and Rescue 9 as this week’s Friday’s Heroes. The members of Engine 9 are Captain Chris Wade, Driver Chris Serino, Firefighter Josh Munson, and Firefighter Anthony Duran. Lieutenant Clint Wensley and Driver Laurianna Sargent from Rescue 8 also received the award.
Last month around one in the morning AFD Engine 9 responded to a call regarding an apartment complex fire. They arrived at the four story apartment complex to find it billowing heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the apartments on the second floor.
Members of Engine 9 immediately went to that apartment to search for victims and to put out the fire. Rescue 8 arrived shortly thereafter and assisted with search and rescue efforts on the second floor. The crews found a man unconscious in the apartment, surrounded by flames engulfing the room. The man was quickly escorted to the University of New Mexico Hospital.
While Engine 9 was extinguishing the fire, other crews went to make sure that no other civilians were caught in the building and surrounding apartment. Many of the residents of this particular apartment complex are elderly with limited mobility adding to the complexity and time-intensive process of evacuating. Despite these challenges they were able to get everyone out of the complex safely.
The members Engine 9 were able to successfully extinguish the fire within 20 minutes and were able to prevent the fire from going into any other apartments. The man was treated for severe smoke inhalation and extensive burns to most of his body. He is currently recovering at UNMH and has said he owes his life to AFD Engine and Rescue 9 for getting him out of his apartment. This man did suffer from severe burns but the end result may have been much worse if it weren’t for the heroic actions of these members of the Albuquerque Fire Department.