Mount Vernon Woman Rescued By Yonkers Firefighters

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Several Yonkers firefighters were credited with saving a woman during a Mount Vernon house fire on Feb. 25, according to fire officials.
Several Yonkers firefighters were credited with saving a woman during a Mount Vernon house fire on Feb. 25, according to fire officials. Photo Credit: Filed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Several Yonkers firefighters were credited with saving a woman during a Mount Vernon house fire on Tuesday, Feb. 25, according to fire officials.

According to officials, while the Mount Vernon fire department was battling a 9 a.m. blaze at a South Seventh Avenue home, Yonkers relocated several firefighters to Mount Vernon to cover the rest of the city.

During that time, Yonkers fire companies were dispatched and arrived first to help fight a fire on the second floor of a wooden structure located at 471 South 5th Avenue.

Officials said Yonkers companies rescued a woman from her second floor apartment. She was transported to Jacobi Medical Center and is in good condition.

Deputy Chief of Personnel Thomas Fitzpatrick said the rescue of particular importance because it demonstrated fire departments saving more lives via mutual aid.

The department commended Battalion 2, Assistant Chief Christopher Maher, E 313, Ladder 70,  Lt. Saponara, Lt. James Halpin, and firefighters O’Connell, Braun, Youshock, Passarelli, Canavan and Rubenstein.

According to officials, the New Rochelle and Pelham Manor fire departments also assisted.

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Congratulations to the Yonkers Fire Department on what sounds like excellent work.

Last month someone complained here about a fire company being dispatched on Mutual Aid to Yonkers while local fire companies battled a multi-alarm blaze. That's ironic because if not for the practice of assigning fire companies to other cities and towns when local fire departments are fully engaged with a fire, this Mt. Vernon woman might've lost her life.

Mutual Aid was criticized as being wasteful of tax payer dollars. The reality is the reverse. Mutual Aid SAVES tax payer dollars by allowing fire departments to trim the size of their departments by relying on nearby help when needed. Mutual Aid also SAVES lives as was shown in this incident.