NY Post - June 06, 2019by Julia Marsh
Members of the FDNY earned their department’s nickname, The Bravest, Wednesday at a City Hall ceremony that celebrated acts of heroism.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro presented 67 awards at the 150th annual Medal Day.
Recipients included Lt. Patrick T. Metaraza, who shimmied across the floor of a smoke-filled second floor apartment in the Bronx in March 2018 to rescue three victims from a burning building.
Paramedic Jonathan T. Rivera took home two medals. One for pulling a trapped NYPD officer out of a trench at a firing range in the Bronx in August and a second for saving a man whose legs had been run over by an Amtrak cargo train from a live railroad track also in the Bronx in February 2018.
De Blasio called the stories of the rescues more riveting than an action flick.
“If you want to find some genuine heroes look right here ladies and gentlemen,” de Blasio said at the ceremony.