STAMFORD, Conn. — New Haven Firefighter Jason Rivera, an 18-year veteran of the fire service and a a retired Stamford Fire Captain, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award.
The award presentation will be during the Opening Ceremony at FDIC International 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Just past midnight on March 1, 2015, Rivera responded to a working fire in a 2½-story home with a report of a trapped victim. Rivera continued to push in and extinguish heavy fire until his attack line became hung up at the coupling. He was asked to try to hold his position while his lieutenant attempted to correct the hose line issue. He managed his tank water and held his position despite the fact his body was burning. His actions allowed other firefighters to search the home and find the unresponsive male.
Rivera later discovered hbe had suffered urns on his knees, waist, wrists and legs.
"His actions allowed for a successful rescue despite his significant injures," wrote Frank Ricci, who nominated Rivera. "He exemplifies the highest traditions of the fire service. Jason is honorable, humble, dedicated and extraordinarily courageous firefighter. He is the type of smart, aggressive firefighter you want by your side."
Stamford Fire Lt. Bill O'Connell also won this award in 2013.
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