Trio of New Hyde Park Firefighters Honored by Nassau County From New Hyde Park Patch
By Patch Staff
Ex-Captain John Waldron, Firefighters Maura and Carton receive Medals of Valor.
New Hyde Park Fire Department Ex-Captain John Waldron and Firefighters Anthony Mauro and Sean Carton were recently honored by Nassau County for their actions relating to a fire in the basement of a home on Sixth Avenue on February 4, 2011.
Carton received the Silver Medal of Valor, a class II award which recognizes a firefighter for placing themselves at great personal risk at the Nassau County Fire Commission Annual Fire Awards Ceremony this past Wednesday night at the Nassau County Legislature. Waldron and Mauro received the county’s highest honor, the Gold Medal of Valor.
After a fire started in the basement of the home, six fire fighters became trapped while attempting to extinguish the blaze when a sudden burst of flames knocked them all to the ground.
Waldron, along with the third gold medal recipient, Joseph Canosa from Floral Park, helped Carton to safety. Carton then informed his fellow firefighter about the location of New Hyde Park fire fighter Max Devane, aiding that rescue effort.
Fire departments from Bellerose Terrace, Floral Park, Garden City Park, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Meacham Avenue, Franklin Square, Carle Place and Manhasset-Lakeville responded to the scene.
About 150 people and fire fighters attended the ceremony.
"Each and every day, firefighters wake up and respond to emergencies with a single goal: protecting the public, rarely with concern for their own public safety," County Executive Ed Mangano said. "Heroism, valor and sacrifice are just three words to describe their dedication."