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2017-12-06 / Front Page

Town Board recognizes first responders

by ANNA DEROSA
Editor

At Monday’s Tonawanda Town Board meeting, officials recognized the actions of all the first responders who were part of a fire and rescue operation at 22 Glenside Ave. in October.

According to Town of Tonawanda police, two people — 25-year-old Shantel Martin and 80-year-old Harold Roberts — were in the home on Glenside Avenue on Oct. 23 when a fire was reported at 4:48 p.m.

Supervisor Joseph Emminger said police officers Kelly Wright, Mark Muscoreil and Joe Milosich all arrived at the same time to discover the working fire, with an individual trapped upstairs.

The officers immediately attempted to gain entry to the home and discovered that the doors were locked. Although officers were able to force entry, they were turned back by heavy smoke and heat.

Ellwood and Brighton volunteer fire companies arrived soon after, and firefighters were able to safely rescue Martin from the home.

According to police, Roberts was located unconscious on the first floor with burns throughout his body. Two dogs were also rescued from the home and were secured by police until later retrieved by other family members.

“These men and this woman would not be able to do what they did without tremendous backup and support provided by several fire companies, dispatchers and paramedics. This truly was a team effort,” Emminger said at the meeting.

The supervisor presented certificates of recognition to police officers, firefighters, fire companies, paramedics and dispatchers who were involved in the rescue, and publicly thanked them for all they do for the residents and business of the town every day they put on their uniform.

At the meeting, officials also noted that the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department is prepared for the first significant snowfall of the season.

The board then approved the purchase of 7,000 tons of road salt.

The next Tonawanda Town Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

email: aderosa@beenews.com

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