Kingston honors 5 firefighters
By Tom Venesky , Citizens’ Voice Staff Writer
The Municipality of Kingston recognized five firefighters for their actions that saved the life of a 10-year-old boy last month. During Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Mayor James Haggerty read proclamations for firefighters Brian Bloom, Brian Krahel, Brian Lawson, Paul Klecha and Floyd Young. The five firefighters worked to rescue the boy and two girls, ages 9 and 11, after they were swept away in a swift current while wading in Toby Creek. The body of 12-year-old Bradley Okraszewski, who was with the group of children, was found the day after the rescue.
Haggerty said although one life was lost, the incident would’ve been worse if not for the heroic efforts of the five firefighters.”These men put themselves in harm’s way and they’re a credit to the skill, training and courage of the members of our department,” he said.Kingston Fire Chief Bob Cannon said the department conducted a “long and involved” search effort during the ordeal and he commended all those involved.”Firefighting is a team effort and nowhere was it more evident than on that night……………”