NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – The FDNY hosted its annual Medal Day ceremony on Wednesday, and some of New York’s bravest were honored for their acts of heroism.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports, colleagues, friends and family gathered at a stadium in Queens to honor New York’s bravest.
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Hero firefighter Abraham Miller, of Ladder Company 23, was called to a burning six-story building in Washington Heights on September 29 and, in three minutes, saved a 5-year-old girl from a window with a rope rescue .
His partner was holding the rope because there was nothing to tie him to.
For his bravery, he received the Department Head Peter J. Ganci Jr.’s Medal, as well as the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Honorary Medal.
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“She will be able to grow up, live a healthy life,” Miller said.
He says credit also goes to his fellow firefighters on that call, some of whom also received medals.
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The day this happened, he was also humble about the risks he took to save the girl.
“[We saw] the little hands, the little girl’s hands on the window railings, ”Miller said at the time. “We were able to knock through the window and grab the child by the window.”
Miller’s 8-year-old son Elijah was at the ceremony on Wednesday.
“I’m proud,” he said. “How he saved a 5 year old girl.”
“It’s a combination of training, being prepared, having the courage to do something and a little luck too,” Miller said.
Miller’s medal honors Peter Ganci, who was head of department when he died on September 11.
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Wednesday’s Medal Day ceremony was the FDNY’s largest public event since the start of the pandemic. Thunderous applause and cheers from over 1,000 people telling medal recipients, “Well done, brave protectors.”