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FIRST PLACE: "Ten Lives Could Have Been Lost"
It was 4:00 a.m. on October 10 when fire fighters received a call from a box alarm. When fire crews arrived on to the scene they found residents screaming for help because they were trapped on the third and fourth floor of an apartment building. Fire fighters rescued 10 people before it became apparent that the roof of the building was going to collapse as they struggled to get the last person to safety. The fire fighters became trapped on a metal balcony four stories up as flames poured from the windows just feet from their backs, choking them with smoke and heat. Fire fighters who were on the ground used high-powered hoses to blast water at the flames, hitting their colleagues to save them from the heat. The building’s entire roof eventually collapsed onto the fourth floor.

The Sun of Lowell
Written by: Robert Mills
Submitted by: Lowell, MA Local 853

HONORABLE MENTION: "Fifty left homeless as fire destroys Jacksonville apartment building"
An account of an apartment fire in Jacksonville that left 50 people, including 15 children and two pregnant women, without a home.

1st Responder News
Written by: Mark Treglio
Submitted by: Jacksonville, FL Local 122


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SECOND PLACE: "Raleigh, NC Mass Casualty"
This story is a descriptive account of the mass casualty incident at a Sheraton Hotel involving more than 150 high school students. The account is of the multi-agency response and command system and the scope of these agencies.

1st Responder News
Written by: Mike Legeros
Submitted by: Raleigh, NC Local 548


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