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Captain Kit Little of the District of North Vancouver's Fire and Rescue Services has today been honoured with a rare medal of bravery for his courageous actions in saving the life of a woman trapped in an apartment fire.
On the morning of July 18, 2016, firefighting crews from both the North Vancouver City and the District of North Vancouver fire departments responded to an engulfed apartment building. Upon arrival, firefighters found residents calling for help on the balconies of the upper floors.
As interior fire conditions were too extreme to undertake rescues from the interior hallways, crews instead used ladders to reach the balconies. A firefighter went up one of these ladders, but was unable to reach a senior occupant who was unable to get over the railing. Following the first unsuccessful rescue attempt, Captain Little went up the ladder in a second attempt to rescue the senior occupant. When it became apparent to Captain Little that his breathing apparatus and helmet would prevent a successful rescue, he further placed himself in harm's way by removing this safety equipment in order to reach the trapped occupant.
While standing on the top rung of the ladder, Captain Little reached over the balcony to access the occupant, and then carried her down the ladder where he safely passed her to other firefighters on scene. Captain Little then returned to the balcony to retrieve the occupant's small dog.
Sadly, there was also a tragic outcome to this fire as a tenant in a separate area of the building perished in the blaze.
The British Columbia Firefighter Medal of Bravery is awarded to firefighters who have performed acts of courage and bravery without concern for their own personal safety. Only two such awards have been handed out in the past 10 years - one in 2011 and one in 2014.
- Editor:Albert | Source: CNTVNA/Agencies
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