Hutchinson firefighters commended for lifesaving November rescue

By Adam Stewart
Hutchinson News – February 21, 2017

Photo by Sandra J. Milburn

Photo by Sandra J. Milburn

Hutchinson Fire Department publicly commended seven firefighters at Tuesday’s city council meeting for a lifesaving rescue during a November apartment building fire.

Late Nov. 21, firefighters were called to two apartment buildings on fire at Ridgewood Apartments. Knowing there was someone trapped upstairs by the fire, firefighters began a high-risk search and rescue procedure, Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said Tuesday. They found the victim and got her out after cutting through a wall and bringing her down a ladder unconscious. She was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and made a full recovery, Hanen said.

Everyone else in the apartment buildings were able to make it out on their own.

On Tuesday, Hanen presented framed commendations to seven firefighters involved in the rescue. They are:

Fire Fighter Dalton Black
Fire Fighter Raymond Casanova
Fire Driver Danny Chambers
Fire Fighter Zachary Heath
Fire Driver Ronald Kaufman
Fire Fighter David Mancillas
Capt. Ryan Winters

The commendations said: “In recognition of your selfless efforts on the evening of November 21st, 2016. Your dedication made the extrication of an unresponsive victim from the second story of a well involved apartment fire possible. Your courage and dedication shall be an example for others within the Hutchinson Fire Department to follow for years to come.”


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