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Barrington resident honored for "heroic act"

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  • Barrington resident Frank Cantafio (center) posing with the plaque given to him by Countryside Fire Protection District board President Tom Rowan (left) and fire Chief Jeff Swanson (right) at the board of trustees' meeting Monday.

      Barrington resident Frank Cantafio (center) posing with the plaque given to him by Countryside Fire Protection District board President Tom Rowan (left) and fire Chief Jeff Swanson (right) at the board of trustees' meeting Monday.
    Photo Courtesy of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District

 
 

A Barrington man who helped alert firefighters to a house fire earlier this month, then acted to limit the flames' spread and make sure the residents were safe, was honored by the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District this week.

Frank Cantafio was presented with a plaque and thanked by members of the fire district administration.

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"Your actions and the information you provided to responding firefighters helped us do our jobs more effectively," Chief Jeff Swanson said. "In my mind, it was a heroic act."

The fire started about 3 p.m. April 9 in the garage of a house at 1025 S. Grove St. After calling 911 to report the fire, Cantafio sprang into action, officials said.

He alerted neighbors and attempted to determine if there were people in the house before turning his attention to the fire itself. He moved materials from the garage, intending to limit the fire's spread.

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District board President Tom Rowan commended Cantafio's actions, and also reminded the audience that "we (the district) do not encourage our residents to run into burning buildings."

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