TICONDEROGA Even in tragedy, Ticonderoga can be proud of its emergency services personnel.
That was the message delivered by Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick as the town board honored police, firefighters and an emergency dispatcher Sept. 13.
They were cited for their actions during a house fire Aug. 16 that claimed the life of 11-year-old Philip Frazier. His two brothers were rescued.
This is bittersweet because a young man, an 11-year-old, lost his life in a tragic residential fire, Dedrick said. Any time you have a youth losing his life it touches your heart.
At the same time, you have to take pride in the events that happened that night, he added. These are people who went beyond the call of duty to perform an act of heroism.
Honored were Second Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Watts, Fire Capt. Steve Burroughs, First Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Burns, Police Officer Randy Bevins, Police Officer Irven Fleury and dispatcher Sally Downing.
Bevins and Fleury were the first people on the fire scene. Learning people were inside, the pair went into the burning building. They were able to rescue Adam Frazier.
Firefighters then returned to the burning building in a futile attempt to rescue Philip Frazier.
Would I go into a burning building? Dedrick asked. I dont know. I do know that these people acted to save the lives of others.
The town board presented each of the heroes with a proclamation and key to the town. The board also declared Sept. 21 as Hometown Heroes Day in their honor.
Dedrick also noted several private citizens assisted at the fire scene. He said the town board will recognize their efforts at its Oct. 11 meeting.