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Release Date: May 09, 2014

Earlier this week there was a horrible fire in Hartsdale. Unfortunately, an elderly resident did not survive the fire. Hartsdale firefighters risked their lives and went into the house--saving the life of the wife of the man who passed away. These firefighters deserve our appreciation for risking their own safety to help our neighbors.
I invited Chief Ed Rush to write a short summary of their heroic actions. I will be inviting all the firefighters who risked their lives to an upcoming Town Board meeting so we can express our appreciation to them for their bravery.
Story from the dailyvoice.com


From Hartsdale Fire Chief Ed Rush...

A call was received via 911 from a neighbor, reporting smoke from the residence and hearing pounding on a window.  Deputy Chief Ray Maseda arrived first, established command and conducted an initial 360 degree exterior survey which revealed fire showing from the kitchen door in the rear and smoke showing from all other sides of the house.  An initial attack hose line was ordered to the front door.  The hose line team of Captain Chip Nanko, Firefighter Howard Esterly and Firefighter Chris Mentrasti  proceeded to the second floor kitchen area to put out the fire.  At the same time, Firefighters Nick Mancuso and Andrew Roberto performed the vital functions on the outside of the building of hooking up to the fire hydrant, working the pump on the fire engine, and putting ladders up. Captain Chip Nanko broke off from the hose team and joined and Firefighter Frank Lacalamita  to search for victims. While searching through heavy smoke and high heat conditions, they found an unconscious and barely breathing female victim in the bedroom and removed her to the exterior and turned her over to Greenburgh Police Paramedics. The quick and expert actions of these firefighters certainly saved the life of this resident. Fairview and Greenville firefighters arrived soon after and assisted in searching the house to ensure that there were no more people inside and making sure the fire had not spread further in the house.

Anything you want to do to recognize their actions is fine with me. It truly was a great rescue, and it was unfortunate that the husband did not survive.


Chief Ed Rush
Hartsdale Fire District
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