DeKalb Firefighters honored for heroic acts during apartment fire in Avondale
The DeKalb County Commission on Jan. 23 celebrated the heroism of the county’s firefighters during a Jan. 3 blaze at Avondale Forest Apartments.
Firefighters caught children and babies thrown from higher floors by their parents. Miraculously, there were no fatalities.
According to the county, firefighters rescued nearly 100 people including a woman in a wheelchair, new born twins and a four-year old girl. More than 60 firefighters were involved in the rescue effort.
On Tuesday the County Commission declared Jan. 23, 2018 as “DeKalb County Fire Rescue Day.”
“These incredible acts of courage and heroism during the Avondale Forest Apartments fire are testaments to the training, commitment and courage of our public safety employees,” CEO Michael Thurmond said. “I am extremely proud of our fire department, our 911 operators and administrative staff who do an extraordinary job everyday protecting our county.”
Assistant Chief Jeff Crump, Capt. Jovan Carter, Capt. Jackie Peckrul and Capt. Scott Stroup were given special recognition for their heroic acts during the fire.
Here’s a video of one of the crucial saves made during the incident: