Apex Firefighters Given Medal Of Valor For Courage
From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
APEX - Three Apex Firefighters were recently given the Apex Fire Department Medal of Valor for their bravery last October. The three men saved a truck driver during a massive chemical fire that burned in downtown Apex for several days.
At the Apex Fire Department awards ceremony at Station One on February 17th, the three firefighters were honored by the department and presented with the medal.
The three men who received the award for their bravery and courage during the dangerous fire were Lieutenant Howard Miles, Firefighter Kevin Smith, and Firefighter Josh Haraway.
In the Apex Fire Department's description of the medal, the Medal of Valor is "awarded to a fire fighter for performance above and beyond the call of duty at extreme personal risk having been instrumental in rescuing and saving another's life."
The three firefighters earned the award during the massive fire at an Apex chemical plant last year. Due to the explosions and chemicals present in the blaze, the fire was one of the largest in the Triangle in recent memory and forced the evacuation of thousands of Apex residents from their homes due to the toxic smoke.
According to accounts of their acts while on duty, Miles, Smith, and Haraway saved a truck driver who was sleeping in his vehicle and who was in danger of being surrounded by the fire.
Although no one was killed in the fire, there were some who were injured from the smoke and fumes from the blaze and the plant was totally destroyed.
Other awards given out for the past year included Billy Gilbert as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year and David Dillon as Career Firefighter of the Year.
Also, Life Saving awards were given to Jon Brann, Pete Cirasole, Scott Criddle, Chris Dawson, Dustin Grimes, Mark Mitro, Jason Nesbit. ::