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Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Unresponsive Driver from Burning Vehicle

Friday's Hero: AFD Firefighter Mark Giardetti

November 6, 2015

Albuquerque -Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored an Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) Firefighter for his heroic actions to save the life on an unconscious female and her passenger from a burning vehicle.

This past July, Firefighter Mark Giardetti was driving home with his family when he spotted a terrible crash at Tramway and Indian School. A SUV with a family inside had damage to its front end while close by flames were surging from the engine of a wrecked convertible in the middle of the road. Giardetti immediately exited his vehicle to assess the scene. He found an unresponsive female driver and a passenger in the burning vehicle. The passenger was responsive and alert but could not exit the car, quickly becoming engulfed in flames. Without hesitation, Giardetti grabbed the convertible’s top and began to pry it open to allow the passenger to escape. He then turned his attention to the driver and removed her from the car.

Once she was away from the flames, Giardetti began to asses her condition the best that he could as he awaited emergency personnel.  Albuquerque Ambulance Services quickly arrived and transported the driver to UNM as AFD extinguished the vehicle fire and assessed the other people involved in the crash.

Even while off duty, Firefighter Mark Giardetti managed to save a life. If not for his actions, it is unknown how that situation could have turned out for that driver and her passenger. Due to his selfless and brave actions, he has been named this week’s Friday’s hero.