Hometown Hero--Lady's Island, St. Helen Fire Department - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

06/15/07

Hometown Hero--Lady's Island, St. Helen Fire Department

While they don't fight fires every day, firefighters are always training so they will be ready and it paid off for firefighters at Lady's Island, St. Helena Fire Department, the day after Christmas when a house caught fire.

"There was smoke coming out of the house, and they said there was two victims left inside," said Brandon Beaton.

"We sent two units in for search and rescue with thermal imagers. They were able to locate one individual inside and retrieve him from the bedroom," Capt Eric Taylor. "The second team came across an 18-year-old handicapped individual on the bathroom floor. I remember as soon as we got him out I came over to him and he had his hands up thanking and smiling."

"That day was a tough day, we were able to save one victim and lost one victim," said Capt Will Vaigneur.

Losing even just one life wasn't easy for any of these firefighters, but they are proud they could save one.

"That's the best thing you can do in the fire service is save a life. That's what we train for," said Sanford Picklemier.

"It's something you train your entire career for. On that particular day all that training came to light," said Capt Taylor.

For their heroic efforts, the firefighters on the scene that day won the Unit Meritorious Award from the South Carolina Firefighter's Association. Recognition they proudly wear on their uniform.

"Ultimate teamwork. We got a great crew. Our focus is to provide the highest level of service for our community and they got it that day," said Capt Vaigneur.

And they provide that same selfless service everyday. That's why the firefighters at Lady's Island, St. Helen Fire Department are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com 

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