District Council Hears Fire Rescue Story
District of Muskoka council heard a story of heroism and high drama during their latest council meeting.
Paramedic Chief Jeff McWilliam attended the meeting to recount the events that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 25 and the heroic actions of paramedics Matt Hickey and Lucas Leggett.
McWilliam said that at roughly 1:30 am that morning, first responders received a 911 call regarding a potential house fire in Huntsville.
Hickey and Legget arrived on the scene to find the house surrounded by thick smoke, and a female holding two young children in the second-story window.
The paramedics, along with OPP Sergeant Matt Hanes and Provincial Constable Sarah van Norman who were also on scene, were faced with a tough decision, said Chief McWilliam, should they wait for the fire department or attempt the rescue. They proceeded to the front entrance and found it locked, but Constable Van Norman broke the front door window to gain access to the residence.
Once on the second floor, the paramedics, along with Officer Van Norman were able to reach the children, ages 17 months and 9 months, and pass them out the window one at a time to Sergeant Hanes who was on the ground.
The fire department arrived shortly thereafter and everyone was saved including the family pets.
Everyone in the District Chambers gave the paramedics a standing ovation and they were presented with a certificate for valor.