Hero Firefighters Honored By State Senate

DECATUR, GA — The heroic firefighters who saved the lives of children, and others, during a recent fire in Decatur have been honored by the Georgia State Senate.

The fire, on Jan. 3 at Avondale Forest Apartments, made national news when video surfaced of DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Capt. Scott Stroup catching a little girl who was tossed from three stories up by her father.

On Thursday, Stroup and other firefighters from DeKalb Engine Seven were at the state capitol to be honored for their work.

"It was truly an incredible honor to stand with these distinguished heroes in the Senate chamber," said Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, who sponsored a resolution honoring the firefighters. "Their selflessness and heroic efforts to save a young girl’s life are truly commendable. This group is a wonderful example of all the men and women in fire services who risk their lives each and every day to save Georgia’s citizens."

Albers is chairman of the senate’s Public Safety committee.

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The resolution notes that, in addition to the 5-year-old girl Stroup caught, a woman confined to a wheelchair, newborn twins, a toddler and others were rescued from the apartment fire that morning.

"The heroic acts of Captain Stroup and his fellow firefighters ensured no lives were lost on January 3rd, truly exemplifying the bravery and dedication of Georgia’s first responders," said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the senate. "Thanks to Captain Stroup, the DeKalb Fire and Rescue team, and the many dedicated men and women who protect communities across our state, Georgia’s citizens remain safe even in the most dire situations.

"I continue to have the highest respect for the sacrifices our first responders make in continuing our state’s tradition of exceptional emergency preparedness."

Eight children and four adults were taken to hospitals with minor injuries in the blaze, which was reported at about 5 a.m. on Pine Tree Circle near Memorial Drive. Most of the injuries were due to smoke inhalation, according to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue.

Stroup injured his leg fighting the fire, and can be seen in the video carrying 5-year-old Destiny Nelson to safety on his knees.

Photo courtesy Georgia Senate Press Office

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