John E. Usalis
Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
Jan. 19—MAHANOY CITY — The borough’s code enforcement officer, who is a volunteer firefighter, was recognized by the Mahanoy City Borough Councilfor his efforts in getting a man out of his burning home on New Year’s Eve.
William F. “Bill” Killian III, a captain with the Humane Fire Companyof Mahanoy City, responded to the 300 block of West South Streetwhere the fire destroyed two homes and damaged three others.
The fire began at 309 W. South St., which was next door to the property of Andrew Golub, of Staten Island, New York. Golub was in the house when he discovered there was a fire next door. He left the house at 307 W. South St., called 911, and then ran back inside.
After dousing the external flames at 307, Killian took a hose inside and found Golub on the first floor.
According to a story in the Republican Heraldon Jan. 1, Killian said, “I heard someone inside, proceeded into the house and into the kitchen where I found the gentleman.”
Killian added that Golub was worried about his house and was possibly disoriented due to the heavy smoke. Golub has since recovered, according to Killian.
The presentations to Killian at the council meeting last week were a surprise. His wife, Kelly, and children, Ally and Egan, were in attendance, also as a surprise.
Council President Thomas McCabespoke about the honors, which included a “Citation for Bravery” signed by Mayor Dennis Wiessnerand borough council members, and a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Pennsylvania Senatesponsored by Sen. David G. Argall, R-29, Rush Township.
It reads, in part:
“Without hesitation, Bill went into the kitchen and found and rescued the occupant of the building. Bill and the other firefighters took the tragic loss of property and kept it from becoming a disastrous loss of life. Bill is a third generation firefighter and his son is now a junior firefighter. The mayor, the council and the people of Mahanoy Citywould like to recognize Bill for his bravery and selfless dedication.”
McCabe presented the certificate from Argall to Killian “for your heroic efforts in saving the lives of others in the line of duty as a volunteer firefighter.”
Borough Fire Chief Daniel Markiewiczalso offered his gratitude on behalf of the fire department to Killian.
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