Brighton Volunteer Fire Co. No. 5
Whether the performance is for heroic actions or always doing more than what is asked, going above and beyond the call of duty occurs when the Brighton Volunteer Fire Co. No. 5 has been requested. But, sometimes members find themselves in a situation that requires quick action even when fire department response has not been summoned.
On the evening of July 12, 2018, Chris Tracey and his wife had friends over to their house. The kids were playing in the yard and Tracey and his friend stepped into the house for a minute.
The kids continued to play in the yard while their mothers were present. At some point, the friend’s two-year-old girl found her way into the in-ground pool area.
Tracey and his friend came back out from the house and saw the child floating face down in the pool. His friend jumped into the pool and handed the girl off to Tracey, who found her blue in color, not breathing and lifeless.
Immediately, he began CPR while his wife dialed 911. Tracey was able to revive the young girl, who started to throw up fluids, became responsive and began to breathe on her own before the arrival of paramedics. The child was transferred to Oishei Children’s Hospital for further evaluation.
The on-scene paramedics said Tracey’s actions directly led to the child’s survival. The child has since recovered with zero effects from the incident. Chris Tracey’s action that day saved a child’s life.
ADAPTED FROM A NOMINATION BY ANDREW HALLNAN, BRIGHTON VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. NO. 5 CHIEF, AND ROBERT MOONEY, PRESIDENT
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Past Award Recipients
|2006||Chief Leonard Martin||Keeseville Fire Department|
|2006||Firefighter George Bassler||Keeseville Fire Department|
|2006||Firefighter Ronald Ouimette||Keeseville Fire Department|
|2006||AEMT-CC Patrick Barriere||Keeseville Fire Department|
|2007||Firefighter James Rosse II||South Schodack Fire Department and Castleton Ambulance|
|2008||Firefighter/EMT Mark W. Gilson||Olcott Fire Co.|
|2009||No Award Given|
|2010||Valerie White||Community Ambulance|
|2011||Karen L. Rathke||Southside Fire Company|
|2012||Kyle J. Reitan||Miller Place Fire Department EMS Corps|
|2013||Karen L. Haab||Springs Volunteer Fire Department|
|2014||William Street||Ulster Hose Company #5|
|2015||Joel Melamed||Albertson Fire Company|
|2015||Andrew Melamed||Albertson Fire Company|
|2016||Riley DeJong||Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps|
|2017||Brandon Sutton||Rapids Volunteer Fire Co.|
|2018||Ian King||Southampton Volunteer Ambulance|
|2018||Shane Sharkey||Southampton Volunteer Ambulance|