A heartfelt congratulations goes out to FF Trevor Lawrence(L120). On March 5th 2017, FF Lawrence demonstrated true bravery while operating at Brooklyn Box 1654. Trevor without regard for his own safety went to the floor above of a punishing fire to rescue a victim under extreme conditions. FF Lawrence’s perseverance under these brutal conditions shows a fine example of the Traditions of Ladder 120 and Watkins Street. Congrats and a big atta boy goes out to FF Trevor Lawrence.
The events of March 5th 2017:
It proved to be a busy night for Ladder 120, with four working fires. Members responded second due to a church fire in the Brownsville Section of Brooklyn, their third fire on this extremely cold night. On arrival, Ladder 120 members were confronted with heavy fire on the first floor and received reports that people were trapped on the floors above.
Now knowing there was a confirmation of people trapped on the floor above, Lt. Mirra (L120) without the protection of a hoseline, ordered the inside team to the floor above. Arriving on the second floor, FF Lawrence started his search. Working in zero visibility and high heat, FF Lawrence hear the faint sound of a person in distress and moved toward that direction. Relying on his training he searched the floor above the uncontrolled fire and found a victim on the floor who was semi-conscious unable to move and having extremely difficulty breathing.
The firefighter immediately notified command and the officer of the 10-45 and started the removal process. Still without the protection of a hoseline FF Lawrence used his body to shield the victim from the flames. He had to pass the fire extending up the stairs to give his victim a chance to survive. With bravery and perseverance, FF Lawrence battled down the stairs passed the extending fire through heat and smoke, bringing the victim to safety in the street. He then transferred the woman to EMS personnel for transport to the hospital.
FF Lawrence quick and decisive actions under heavy fire conditions saved this civilians life. He put himself at risk by operating past and above heavy fire conditions. The valor he displayed exemplifies the FDNYs highest traditions of dedication and service.
“The Tradition Continues…