ATLANTA (January 25, 2018) | Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell) honored Captain Scott Stroup, the crew of Engine Seven and more than 60 firefighters from DeKalb Fire and Rescue on Thursday, January 25, 2018, for their heroic rescue at the Avondale Forest Apartments on January 3, 2018.
“It was truly an incredible honor to stand with these distinguished heroes in the Senate Chamber,” said Sen. Albers. “Their selflessness and heroic efforts to save a young girls’ life are truly commendable. This group is a wonderful example of all the men and women in fire services who risk their lives each and every day to save Georgia’s citizens. They are the true heroes who run into danger when most are running away from it.”
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle echoed Sen. Albers’ sentiments:
“The heroic acts of Captain Stroup and his fellow firefighters ensured no lives were lost on January 3rd, truly exemplifying the bravery and dedication of Georgia’s first responders. Thanks to Captain Stroup, the DeKalb Fire and Rescue team, and the many dedicated men and women who protect communities across our state, Georgia’s citizens remain safe even in the most dire situations. I continue to have the highest respect for the sacrifices our first responders make in continuing our state’s tradition of exceptional emergency preparedness.”
On January 3, 2018, a 9-1-1 call reported that a fire had started in the Avondale Forest Apartments. The caller stated that people were trapped on the third floor and needed immediate assistance. This rescue mission became a national story when footage surfaced of Captain Stroup safely catching a little girl that was thrown away from the fire by her father.
For additional information, please follow the link to Senate Resolution 623 below:
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For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2018
Ines Owens, Director