Lt. Vassios’ Award of Valor

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The Award of Valor is given for an act of heroism that clearly demonstrates courage and dedication in the face of danger while in the performance of a duty.

On September 13th, during a house fire on Aspen Street, Lt. Vassios was on Engine 5 (the first fire company on the scene) and, while performing his 360 of the fire building, it was reported that a victim was spotted through a back bedroom window. Knowing the victim needed quick removal, Lt. Vassios cleared the window and entered the room under high heat and heavy smoke conditions. Lieutenant Vassios lifted the victim to the window and handed the victim to waiting firefighters.

Through his experience, knowledge, dedication, and courage, he was able to quickly rescue the victim in extreme conditions, without regard to his own safety.