Savannah Fire Chief Charles G. Middleton recognized several Savannah firefighters last Thursday for their actions following a life-threatening traffic accident May 19th.
Middleton presented a Certificate of Merit to Advanced Firefighter Kenneth Baker II and an Unit Citation to Engine Company 6B during a morning ceremony at the Thomas Square fire station. The firefighters were recognized for their service following a serious traffic accident at the intersection of Montgomery St. & W. 52nd St. during which a Savannah College of Art and Design student suffered life-threatening injuries.
The firefighters were investigating a possible structure fire incident when it became apparent that their immediate assistance was needed at the nearby accident. The Engine 6B crew established incident command at the accident scene and determined that the victim required urgent medical attention. Baker, who is also a certified paramedic, was re-assigned from his duties with Engine 5B at the structure fire scene to the accident scene and provided life-saving medical care for the critically injured victim.
The firefighters were honored for their professionalism under extreme conditions and for providing service beyond their normal duties. In addition to the Unit Citation, the members of Engine 6B – Captain Dietrich Chapple, Master Firefighter Joshua Homan and Advanced Firefighter Howard Tillman – each received a Letter of Commendation from Interim Assistant Chief of Operations Elzie Kitchen.
Chief Middleton also recognized firefighters assigned to Engine 10A earlier this week for their professional handling of a sensitive incident involving a juvenile April 27, 2015. Master Firefighter Jonathan Sturgis, Master Firefighter William Robinson and Advanced Firefighter Brent Jenkins each received a Letter of Commendation from Battalion Chief Kenneth Rentiers for their outstanding job.