Two heroes to be honored

GLOVERSVILLE — Two people who helped report a fire and alert residents will be honored by the Common Council today.

The council is scheduled to honor Virginia Cary and Christopher Rizzo during their regular monthly meeting for their actions on Jan. 12.

At around 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 12, the Gloversville Fire Department was dispatched to a smoke condition and a possible structure fire at 472 N. Main St.

The calls to 911 came from good samaritans Rizzo, of Rizzo Trucking, and Cary, a city Department of Public Works employee, who recognized the smoke in the residence as they separately drove by.

According to a news release from Fire Chief Tom Groff, both Rizzo and Cary helped alert residents inside by honking horns and pounding on the door. Three occupants and their three dogs were able to safely evacuate.

The fire was quickly located in the basement gas furnace.

The fire damage was confined to the heating equipment and once the smoke was removed from the residence, the occupants were able to return to the home.

“The keen observations and decisive actions of Cary and Rizzo helped save life and property on this day,” Groff wrote. “They truly deserve our collective thanks for their selfless and heroic actions.”

The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the council chambers at city hall.

Greg Royer of SmartWatt is also expected to speak to the council about LED streetlight conversion during the meeting.


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