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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Clayton Fire Dept Receives the Robert B. Jacob Award of Merit

FD Award

This award recognizes local firefighters who have demonstrated unusual bravery or gone above and beyond the call of duty. The Clayton Fire Department Ladder 85 crew on March 10, 2021 was dispatched along with other Clayton, Englewood, and Union Fire Department Collaborative units to a house fire with a child trapped. Upon Clayton Ladder 85's arrival they located the child at the rear of the house in an upstairs window. The child was unable to get out of the bathroom window and the fire was in the bedroom just outside the bathroom door. With the fire progressing rapidly, the Ladder 85 crew quickly deployed a ladder to the second-floor window to rescue the child. The child was scared, confused, and unclothed, making the rescue more difficult. The crew of Ladder 85 successfully rescued the child seconds before the bathroom was engulfed in flames. If not for the quick actions and teamwork of the crew of Ladder 85, the outcome would have been tragic. The Clayton Fire Department would like to congratulate the crew of Ladder 85, which consisted of lieutenant Matt Bakan, firefighter John Stevens, firefighter Zac Garver and Battalion Chief Darren Wiseman for receiving the award. The Clayton Fire Department would also like to thank the Hundred Club of Dayton for the award and the assistance they provide to families of firefighters and police officers. The Hundred Club of Dayton provides scholarships to children of firefighters and police officers as well as providing assistance to families who have lost a loved one the line of duty. 


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