Honoring Heroes

Two Montclair firefighters were honored for their heroism last Tuesday and, in our frenzy to throw our own holiday party, we forgot to run the story. But heroes are still heroes, even after the lunch is over. Here’s a Merry Christmas shout out to Scott Bowman and Roland Catania, who received the Montclair-Verona Rotary’s Community Service Award for “Service above Self” at Pal’s Cabin last week.
And what they did…

The quick-thinking and fast-acting firefighters rescued Carol Ciriello, a senior citizen, and her kittens who were trapped on a balcony during a building fire at 56 Walnut Street,
which houses approximately 300 seniors, on March 24, 2006. Heavy smoke and heat was pouring from the building right near the woman’s second-floor balcony. Firefighter Catania used a 20-foot ladder to reach the on the balcony. At the same time, firefighter Bowman positioned another ladder against the balcony and was prepared to receive the resident. Next, firefighter Catania, who was now on the balcony, lifted the woman over the railing and into the hands of the
Bowman, who brought her to safety and then escorted her to awaiting EMS personnel for treatment.

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  1. Just remember this story the next time you start to gripe over their salaries (or any public saftey employees salary). This is one example of a great job done day in and day out. Good Job and Merry Christmas!

  2. His name is RON CATANIA, not Roland. The paper always manages to screw up the simple names.
    Either way, good job guys.

  3. Everyone loves firemen, with perhaps the exception of two good friends of mine who were both nearly killed weeks apart in 2006 by drunk New York City fireman off duty.

  4. I think we’ve become a bit too loose with the term hero. Firemen, Police and Military personal are not heroes simply because they took a job.
    The two guys that this thread is about, did their job quite well, but I would stop short of calling them a hero.
    And, for the record, I was in the military, and also worked as a fireman.

  5. Um, what is your definition of hero if saving someone’s life doesn’t qualify? Maybe you didn’t consider yourself a hero, despite serving as a fireman and in the military, but I’m sure that there are others that do consider you a hero because it takes a different type of person to be a successful firefighter, police officer, or member of the military. All are noble professions that, at their core, call on their members to sacrifice for the good of others. I’m sure if you ask the person they saved, she would call them heroes.

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