New Rochelle Firefighters Receives 2016 Firemark Awards

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Liberty Mutual Insurance joined members of the New Rochelle Fire Department at Station #1 Firehouse for the Annual Firemark Awards. Lieutenant Brian O’Keefe and Firefighter Kevin Thomas received the prestigious awards for their heroic rescue during a fire at Davenport Ave earlier this year. Cheukping Shiu and Damion Del, representatives of Liberty Mutual Insurance, presented the two awards to the honorees.  

On January 8, 2016,  Tower Ladder 11’s search team arrived at the scene to save a trapped victim. Lt. O’Keefe and Firefighter Thomas initiated a primary search of the apartment. With zero visibility they used a thermal imaging camera as they passed through heavy fire in the kitchen and traveled down a narrow, obstructed hallway to reach the rear bedroom where the victim was in.

“Their quick thinking and trained professionalism made the difference between life and death,” said Chief Louis DiMeglio.   

The two members were also commended for their act of valor with Class 2 Citations during the fire department’s annual award ceremony in October.

The Firemark Award, established by Liberty Mutual in 1986, recognizes local firefighters for their impact on their communities.