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Buffalo Grove firefighters honored for saving a life

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  • Buffalo Grove firefighter-paramedics Ryan McCarthy, left, and Mike Spiro are honored Aug. 4 by the village board.

      Buffalo Grove firefighter-paramedics Ryan McCarthy, left, and Mike Spiro are honored Aug. 4 by the village board.
    Courtesy of Scott Wood/Buffalo Grove Fire Department

 

The lifesaving efforts of three Buffalo Grove firefighters were honored at the Buffalo Grove village board meeting this week. The crew from Tower 25, Lt. Dave Mahan and firefighter/paramedics Mike Spiro and Ryan McCarthy, were awarded a Company Citation for rescuing a man on Old Oak Drive May 7.

When they got to the residence there was no immediate sign of fire, but they could hear the alarm going off. They tried opening the sliding glass door to get inside, and discovered smoke coming from behind the door. They broke the door, and once inside found a man lying on the floor, trapped by the smoke. The crew got him out quickly, avoiding a deadly outcome.

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