Firefighter Anthony Romano of Ladder 142 was credited for saving the life of a fellow firefighter from a second-alarm fire on February 26 in Richmond Hill, Queens. Members of Ladder 143 were also credited for saving a civilian in the same fire.
At 3:17 a.m. firefighters were called to investigate a smoke condition on 114th Street. Upon arrival they discovered a fire at 87-13 114th Street, a three-story 25x50 frame home.
Members of Ladder 143 began their search and were able to locate and rescue a 75-year old man through a first floor window.
As Firefighter Robert Glover, Jr., of Ladder 143 continued his search on the second floor, a flashover traveled up the steps and trapped him in the rear of the building with Collier’s Mansion-like conditions.
Firefighter Romano then climbed a portable ladder to a rear window on the second floor, located Firefighter Glover and the pair rolled out the window just as the room lit up.
They hit a small roof overhang above a door and before they fell approximately 10 feet to the ground.
Firefighter Romano suffered bumps and bruises. He was treated and released from Jamaica Hospital.
Firefighter Grover was admitted to Cornell Medical Center with burns to his hands, neck and ears.