By Emily Hummel
The Mason Times
Three Mason firefighters were recognized on Oct. 6 for rescuing a woman from a burning building.
At the City Council meeting, firefighters Scott Davidson, Jacob Meyers and Joshua Woodland were asked to accept plaques describing their heroic feat. Mayor Leon Clark presented each plaque to them. Along with the plaque, they were each given a day of the year that Mason would recognize.
“Even though the three of us were the ones that went into the building, it takes a whole team of people outside to make it happen. I think that It was humbling to get the recognition but really the entire fire department deserves recognition for doing what we did that night,” said firefighter Jacob Meyers.
The three were recognized for their deeds on Aug. 14, 2014, when they responded to a call on the West Sycamore Street. A neighbor told firefighters that a woman was still in the building. After locating her, they tried to call for her to crawl to them but she was unconscious. Davidson, Meyers and Woodland entered the building and searched while it was engulfed in flames and smoke. After several minutes, they found the woman in the bathroom and brought her out. She was rushed to Sparrow Hospital where she was revived and recovered.
“In one word, it was overwhelming,” Meyers said about successfully saving the victim.
Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, police have not ruled out smoking materials, according to Fire Chief Kerry Minshall, who was extremely proud of his teams.
“I can’t overstate how proud I am of our fire department, from the drivers who get us there, and provide us with water, to the firefighters who crawl through the smoke and flames and to the leadership of my team and officers, this is truly a team effort and because of that the resident is alive today,” Minshall said.