Orange Confidential: Local Firefighters Save Life in Bronx

Times Herald-Record - December 25, 2011

by James Nani

Because of the actions of two local firefighters, a Bronx man left unconscious in a fire a week before Christmas is alive to enjoy the holiday season.

Firefighters Carlo Longobardo of Thompson Ridge and Brian Creeden of Monroe, along with other members of FDNY Firehouse Engine 62 and Ladder 32 were called at 1:34 a.m. Dec. 18 to a two-story house on East 216th Street.

Once on the scene, Longobardo and Creeden entered a cluttered, narrow first-floor apartment and began to fight pockets of fire throughout the home and search for victims.

Searching the apartment, Longobardo and another firefighter found a man in his 20s face-down and bleeding in a bedroom. The man collapsed as they tried to run out the door, so Creeden and Longobardo grabbed his legs and arms and carried him out of the apartment where EMS members brought him to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition.