By Kaelyn Floyd
The Los Angeles County Fire Department held a recognition ceremony on Saturday, June 23, 2018, to honor Division VI firefighters who worked together successfully on several rescues.
The ceremony was held at Fire Station 171 in Inglewood and reunited first responders and survivors; whom were able to meet and thank the firefighters that helped save their lives. Acting Assistant Fire Chief Henry Rodriguez presented personnel of FS 171 with a certificate of recognition and a challenge coin for their courageous acts.
Three incidents were recognized at the ceremony:
- Fire Station 148 (Lynwood): “Baby Luna” literally came knocking on the door of Fire Station 148 on February 1, 2018. At the time, her pregnant mother walked over to her neighborhood station to announce: “The baby is coming!” Fortunately, firefighters were there to safely deliver the baby girl and care for her and her mother.
- Fire Station 148 (Lynwood): On February 1, 2018, firefighters responded to a 911 call for respiratory distress. When they arrived, they found a woman in her car, unable to speak due to lung disease. She was taken to a local hospital and placed on life support for two days, but has since made a full recovery. She credits the firefighters’ rapid response for saving her life.
- Fire Station 147 (Lynwood): Firefighters received a call about a man having a seizure at a basketball game on April 21, 2018. After quickly assessing him, they realized he was suffering from cardiac arrest. Firefighters promptly treated him, allowing him to make a full recovery.