Mayor, Fire Chief Recognize Dispatcher and Firefighters Who Saved Man from Burning Building

Crews rescue man and save building.

Dec. 4, 2009

Albuquerque, NM – City leaders paid a visit to Albuquerque Fire Station No. 4 today to recognize the dispatcher and ladder crew who saved a man from a burning building earlier in the week.

"We truly have a great fire department as demonstrated by the actions of these professionals," said Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen. "A man is alive today because of their actions."

About 8 p.m. Monday, Ladder 4 was dispatched to Tractor Services on Second NW after George Stuart called 911 and reported he was stuck inside his apartment, which was filling with smoke. Stuart’s apartment was located just one floor above the burning business. Fire Dispatcher Levi Fetty took the rescue call, remained on the phone with the frightened Stuart and directed him to climb on to the roof until units arrived.

Ladder 4 – which was manned by Lt. Michael Ochoa, Firefighter Luis Saavedra and Firefighter Tony Lacour - arrived within minutes and successfully reached Stuart and guided him down safely. He was evaluated by paramedics on scene and released.

During the rescue attempt, other AFD crews fought and contained the fire thus saving the building.

"These are Albuquerque’s true heroes," said Mayor Richard J. Berry, who presented the dispatcher and firefighters with a plaque. "It’s my honor to be their mayor."