Firefighters salute 14 for helping others Woman using wheelchair saved from fire by passer-by

April 08, 1997|By William E. Thompson Jr. | William E. Thompson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and city Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr. yesterday honored 14 Baltimore-area citizens who had risked their lives while saving others.

Eleven received the Distinguished Civilian Award, the Fire Department's highest award for civilians. The others received certificates of appreciation.

Lamont Jenkins was commended for his quick action two weeks ago at a fire in the 1900 block of W. Lanvale St. He was driving in the neighborhood when he saw a burning rowhouse. He entered the building, went to the second floor where a woman who uses a wheelchair was trapped and carried her to safety.

Jenkins and the woman were treated for smoke inhalation.

Other honorees were Al Maniscalco, Lynwood Williams, Rodney Graham and Stephanie Thomas, who three months ago helped pull three people from a 1995 Buick that had caught fire after it ran into a tree in the 3300 block of Moravia Road. Two of the people died at the scene and the driver was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

"There have been occasions when civilians have helped us out and risked their own lives. We can't say enough about citizens who help us do our jobs," Chief Williams said.

Others honored included: Harvey Lewis, William Jackson, Tessa Hill, Richard Pearson, Harry Schaffer, Ben Greenberg, Ronald Johnson, Anton Howard and Eric Cole.

Also at the ceremony, the city announced that it had received a $15,000 donation -- $10,000 from Allstate Insurance Co. and $5,000 from the Mayor's Commission on Disabled Citizens -- to purchase special fire detectors for the hearing-impaired.

The city has identified 160 hearing-impaired residents who will get the alarms, which have a flashing light in addition to the high-pitched audio warning, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman.

Pub Date: 4/08/97

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