COLUMBUS — A pair of Piqua firefighters were recognized for their outstanding efforts to save a life during ceremonies in Columbus on Wednesday.
Firefighters Brad Weer, 39, and Josh Sullenberger, 28, were awarded the Ohio Fire Service Medal of Valor for their actions in saving the life of a Piqua woman during a house fire at 320 Young Street on June 24, 2014.
Piqua police officers were first to arrive on the scene, that morning, and found a woman trapped by flames and smoke, hanging partially out a second floor window.
Weer and Sullenberger attempted to use an extension ladder to reach the woman but, due to the narrow distance between the house and one next door, could not get all the way to the trapped victim. Sullenberger, with Weer assisting, was able to climb to within approximately eight feet of the woman who jumped to him. He caught her and the pair removed her to safety.
Three other people in the burning home escaped on their own.
Piqua assistant fire chief Brent Pohlschneider, who nominated the pair for the award, wrote, “The quick actions for rescue by firefighters Sullenberger and Weer are what firefighters t rain for from the day they enter the fire service. These two firefighters will tell you that they were just doing their job, but on that morning, they became heroes to all of us.”
Captain Chad Kennedy is the shift commander for Weer and Sullenberger. Kennedy described both as “Good examples of what it means to be a firefighter. They do it well. The recognition is “a well-deserved honor.”
Weer has been with the Piqua Fire Department since 1999. He comes from a family of firefighters. Both his brother and father are members of the Covington Fire Department.
Sullenberger has been a Piqua firefighter since 2006. He is the son of retired Piqua police officer Phil Sullenberger.
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