Fire crew awarded ‘hero coins’ for saving Albuquerque woman

Local firefighters were honored for their part in a brave rescue operation Tuesday. 

Mayor Keller thanked four members of Albuquerque Fire Rescue for going above and beyond to save a 75-year-old woman who was trapped inside her home due to heavy smoke. 

Fire Chief Paul Dow says the call originally came in as a medical emergency, but thanks to the quick thinking of Lieutenant Shawn Baxman, driver Jarrett Hull, and firefighters Jacqueline Garcia and Josh Romero, the crew was able to prepare for a fire situation and rescue the woman. 

“They could hear her screaming from the front door. The two firefighters donned their equipment very quickly, went inside, found her and pulled her out,” Chief Dow said. 

Chief Dow says the crew’s actions demonstrated why they ask firefighters to be prepared for any situation. 

They were each awarded a hero coin from the city. 

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