Off-duty Connecticut firefighter rushes to help with fire rescue

The Mayor of Waterbury has praised the Greenwich firefighter who rushed to help a father and daughter escape from the second floor.

WATERBURY, Conn. — An off-duty Greenwich firefighter is being hailed as a hero after spotting a blaze in Waterbury on Saturday and springing into action to help with rescues, city officials said.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary congratulated Doug Howley on Facebook Saturday night for helping a father and daughter escape a fire at an apartment building in the 1400 block of Meriden Road.

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Howley was driving to a birthday party in The Brass City when he noticed the apartment fire. Although he was off duty and outside his jurisdiction of Greenwich, “his instincts and training kicked in, and he rushed to assist in the evacuation of the building,” O’Leary noted. .

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A father and daughter were trying to escape from the second floor, where the fire started, O’Leary said. The father was able to lower his daughter into Howley’s arms shortly before Waterbury firefighters arrived on the scene, according to O’Leary.

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Waterbury firefighters also rescued two adults from the building when they arrived.

“Exceptional work by all to protect life and property,” said the Waterbury Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 1339 on Facebook.

Leah Myers is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]

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