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Fire Fighters Honored For Tornado Recovery Efforts


 It’s the day most people in Western Mass will never forget.

 Fire fighters were out there after the June first tornado ripped through several communities.

 “Fire fighters were risking their lives, pulling long hours to serve there neighbors.”

 For that, fire fighters from 9-different communities were recognized Tuesday in Worcester with the 2011 Fire Marshal Award.

 While they’re all humble, they realize it’s well deserved recognition.

 “My dept. Chief Joe Conan, I don’t think he slept 5 hours in the first 48 to 36 hours after. He was there in the command center making sure we were on point and we got the job done,” said Springfield Fire Chief Gary Cassanelli.

 A 15 member team of west springfield fire fighters were involved in 3 rescue operations on union street. One of those was the mother who saved her daughter life.

 “It was hard they they had to cut through two floors to get to he woman on top of her daughter in the bathtub. The daughter didn’t know her mother had passed. That was real tough for them, it took 2 1/2 hours to get the daughter out, ” explained West Springfield Fire Chief Bill Flaherty.

 Fire fighter Art Williams was part of that team.

 “We’ll always remember that mother who gave her life to save her daughter. When we were finally able to reach the injured and realized the sacrafice the mother made, that will always stick with us,” said Fire Fighter Williams.

 Fire Fighters from Monson, Wilbraham, Westfield, Agawam, Brimfield, Southbridge and Sturbridge were also given the 2011 State Fire Marshal Award.


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