Heroic Tale

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS -

im­por­tantly, the life of a young man was saved with­out a doubt.

Once in the park­ing lot, Cap­tain Wil­liams, who is an el­e­men­tary school teacher, rec­og­nized the res­cued man as one of his for­mer stu­dents. Re­mark­ably, he was fine, but Cap­tain Wil­liams re­luc­tantly spent the night in hos­pi­tal be­ing treated and ob­served for smoke in­hala­tion symp­toms. He left the next morn­ing in good health.

Cap­tain Wil­liams is a very, very hum­ble man, his only com­ment when asked about all this was that “this could have been com­pletely avoided had there been work­ing smoke de­tec­tors in the build­ing” and “with­out my fire­fighter train­ing I would not have been able to do it, in fact I would be dead!”.

As a fire chief, I would have pre­ferred that he had waited for the fire depart­ment to ar­rive and do this work in a much safer man­ner, rather than risk his life, but I am con­vinced the res­cued man would have not have sur­vived. I am very proud of the ac­tion taken by him. Cap­tain Wil­liams is a great fire­fighter. Our com­mu­ni­ties are well served by him and the many other fire­fight­ers in each of our towns. Hats off to you Daryl and to all those who chose to serve!

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