As the world watched the Capitol riot unfold Wednesday, there were first responders who headed toward it, answering the call of duty despite crowds and chaos.
“It was just very surreal, it felt like it was something out of a movie,” Andrew Parco, an EMT with the Glen Echo Volunteer Fire Department, said. Parco helped treat two Capitol Police officers who’d been attacked by rioters. He said he felt a sense of duty while treating fellow first responders.
“We are going above and beyond to try and care for them, because they have helped protect others, and that’s really trying to watch out for each other’s backs," Parco said. Of the first responders on the front lines last week, many were volunteers. They’ve responded to emergencies for years, but said this was unlike anything else.
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A house fire in Harford County started in the chimney and caused more than $100,000 in damage Wednesday morning, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The fire broke out in the 2500 block of Cool Spring Road around 8:50 a.m., the fire marshal said.
Smoke was showing when crews arrived, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Within 20 minutes, firefighters led by the Level Volunteer Fire Company contained the blaze, Gardiner said. Crews from Harford County and York County in Pennsylvania responded.
Officials said one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene. People were advised to avoid Cool Spring Road for several hours due to the investigation.
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VIDEO: Pierre Gibbons, the man who ran into a burning home in Patterson Park to rescue his neighbor in Sept. 2019, was honored Wednesday with an award for his heroism.
Gibbons was awarded the Carnegie Medal for his act of valor. On September 23, 2019, Gibbons ran in to rescue the elderly woman who lived inside the burning home on North Rose Street, suffering life-threatening injuries, including burns to more than 70% of his body, that kept him hospitalized for months with a 10% chance of survival.
The neighbor he rescued, Sandy Sterling, later died.
At a ceremony Wednesday, he reiterated a constant theme: he doesn’t consider himself a hero.
“I’m kind of like, ‘Am I a hero or am I the dude who ran into a fire like an idiot?’ I don’t know, still working on that,” he joked.
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