Keene Firefighters Receive Life Saving Awards
It is with great pride that we announce that Firefighters James MacLean and Daniel McKenna have been recognized by the New Hampshire Police, Fire & EMS Foundation at its 8th Annual Recognition Dinner. Firefighters MacLean and McKenna each received Life Saving Awards for their actions on December 19, 2015, during the Liberty Utilities Incident. Crews were called to respond to the Hallmark on Main Street for an odor of gas in the building. Firefighters MacLean and McKenna entered the building to locate the possible source of the odor. The firefighters donned their masks after encountering a strong odor in the rear of the building and continued to try and locate the possible source and search for any potential occupants requiring evacuation. Upon entry into the stock room a female was located lying on the ground, unconscious and unknown if breathing. Firefighter MacLean picked up the young woman and removed her from the building while Firefighter McKenna continued to search for any additional patients, none were found. The quick responses of Firefighters MacLean and McKenna were undoubtedly responsible for saving the life of the young victim, together with other firefighters and medical personnel on the scene.
The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. The dinner was attended by Governor Hassan, NH Attorney General Joseph Foster, Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes, Fire Marshal William Degnan, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Perry Plummer, Col. Robert Quinn of the NH State Police, NH Fire Academy Director Deborah Pendergast, NH Association of Chiefs of Police, NH Association of Fire Chiefs, Senator Lou DelAssandro, as well as Chief Mark Howard, Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Chickering, Captain Arthur Johnson and Captain Jason Martin of the Keene Fire Department.