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Bronze Medal 2013
Pictured left to right: Chief Kevin McGee, Capt. Erik McCoy, Tech I Raymond Sanez and
Tech I Cager Mackaravitz
Prince William County Fire & Rescue Captain Erik McCoy, Technician I Ray Sanez and Technician I Cager Mackaravitz went beyond standard operating procedure to save a woman from a burning building.
When the crew of truck E523 arrived to an apartment fire, they were physically exhausted. On a day with a heat index of over 100 degrees, they had already responded to two other structure fires. However, with report of occupants jumping from balconies to escape the fire on "Side C," of the building, they quickly went to work.
Captain McCoy told Technician Jones to position their truck on Side C to assist in victim rescue. The crew could see an occupant on the third-floor balcony, and heavy smoke was coming from the eaves of the roof above. Captain McCoy advised the resident not to jump. Technicians Mackaravitz and Sanez deployed a 24-foot ladder to the balcony.
With Technician Sanez handling the ladder, Captain McCoy and Technician Mackaravitz climbed to the balcony and assisted the occupant down and away from the building. This type of rescue would normally be performed by a truck and rescue company, but since none were available at the time, the crew of Emergency Vehicle 423 stepped up to the challenge without hesitation. Impressively, this is the first time this particular crew had worked together.
For setting aside their own fatigue and thinking on their feet to rescue a citizen from a burning building, Prince William County Fire & Rescue Captain Erik McCoy, Technician I Ray Sanez and Technician I Cager Mackaravitz receive the Bronze Medal for Valor.
*The Bronze Medal for Valor is awarded in situations where, during the course of an emergency, a public safety
official demonstrates extraordinary judgment, ingenuity or performance of his/her duties. May include saving of a life that is threatened by medical or physical reasons.
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