5 students are honored for rescues Teens helped occupants escape burning building

March 07, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Five Baltimore high school students have been honored by the mayor for rescuing two people, including a woman in a wheelchair, who were trapped in a burning building.

The teen-agers, all of whom attend Forest Park High School, were walking home from classes Jan. 26 when they saw smoke pouring from a rowhouse in the 4000 block of Annellen Road in Northwest Baltimore.

Duane Alexander, Desi Alexander, David Johnson, Jonathan Wilson and Terrell Patterson ran inside and helped the two occupants to safety from a smoke-filled first floor. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr. gave each a certificate.

TTC "They did this without thinking of their own safety," Williams said during a ceremony Thursday in the mayor's office.

Duane Alexander said he and his friends "weren't thinking of our own lives, but we thought there might be children in there. Everyone says we're heroes, but I think anyone would have done this in this situation. Anyone would have stopped to do the right thing and not run away."

Also on Thursday, the Fire Department honored two civilians and two police officers for heroic acts. David Olsen helped immobilize a car accident victim's spine at a Patapsco Avenue crash Jan. 20.

Nicole Perez helped evacuate an apartment building in Waverly in December, called the Fire Department and put out a fire using an extinguisher.

Police Detectives Van Watson and Frank Demski raised a ladder to the side of a burning house in Morrell Park last month and rescued a 24-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son.

Pub Date: 3/07/98

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