A rookie firefighter and his fellow firefighters helped pull three young children and other victims out of a burning apartment in an East New York building Tuesday. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Firefighters knew they had their hands full when they pulled up to 1308 Loring Avenue in the Pink Houses Tuesday morning.
"Heavy fire on arrival on the fourth floor in one of the apartments," said Assistant Chief Ronald Spadfora.
Firefighters from Ladder 107 quickly positioned the truck and raised the ladder up to the windows where two boys, ages five and eight, were inside screaming for help. Firefighter Frank Blackstone went up and cut through the child safety gates to rescue the kids.
"We were able to pull them out and bring them down to the street where I passed them off to the police department who swiftly too them to EMS," said Blackstone.
At the same time, an interior unit went upstairs and through the front door, starting to put out the fire and searching for others inside.
Probationary Firefighter Justin Tallett discovered a three-year-old boy unconscious in a bedroom. Tallet graduated from the academy just two months ago.
"I like to help people and when you get a chance to do it like this it makes it feel like you did a good job," Tallet said.
"It's a wonderful job. It's just good training that we have in the academy for these gentleman and what we do at 107," said Lieutenant Chris Bedard.
FDNY EMS were able to revive the three-year-old. All three children were taken to Brookdale Hospital, along with their grandfather who got out of the apartment on his own.
"Overall, they are coming along good. The family's pulling together. Neighbors are coming to help and support in this unfortunate situation, but thank God everyone made it out," said Bishop Willie R. Billips, Faith of Hope and Charity House of God.
Probationary Firefighter Tallett was modest about the rescue, saying this is why you do the job. When his veteran colleague Firefighter Blackstone was asked if the kids thanked him, he said they don't need to.