North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will present the Cary Fire Department with the Commissioner’s Award on Monday for 100 years of service.
In addition, Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, will present SAVE Awards to firefighters who went above and beyond the call of duty to rescue residents at a Harlon Drive apartment fire in March.
In 1922, Cary aldermen decided to form a town fire company so that businesses and residents would no longer have to rely on outside agencies for fire protection. As the town has grown, so has the fire department. Today, the town has nine fire stations, 16 apparatuses and 225 personnel protecting the town.
The Commissioner’s Award presentation will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Cary Fire Department Station 9, 1427 Walnut St., Cary, N.C. 27511. The media is invited to attend.
While at the fire station, Commissioner Causey will present SAVE Awards to 15 firefighters who helped rescue residents from an apartment fire on March 7. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they had been informed by the emergency dispatcher that the 911 caller was trapped in her apartment with her baby and could not get out.
Even though burning debris blocked the stairs to the apartment, firefighters were able to pull themselves up to the third floor through the picket railing and rescue the two residents.
Firefighters and first responders set to receive SAVE Awards include Battalion Chief Tracy Williams; Captains Lee Wilson, Thomas Page, Zane Franks, Will Vick and Richard Moore; Engineers Lee Holland, Brent Holland and Chris Newell; Interim Engineer Chris Weier; Master Firefighters Kevin Moody and Daniel Havens; and Firefighters Ricardo Rojas, Brian Lupo and Carlos Mendez-Perez.
SAVE Awards go to individuals or organizations who go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.