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.