Plainfield Fire Fighter Honored by Service Club
Plainfield, N.J., fire fighter Alan Mitchell recently received the “Fire fighter of the Year” award presented by the Greater Exchange Club of Plainfield.
The annual award is presented for outstanding service and dedication to the fire service. Mitchell was selected for the award by the Plainfield area fire chiefs for rescue operations performed at two city fires during the past year.
Mitchell was originally slated to receive the award for his rescue of a three-year old boy from a house fire at 1121 W. Third St., on November 30, 1973. Last September, he assisted in the rescue of a four-year-old child and was honored for that action as well.
In both cases, Mitchell, who is qualified as an emergency medical technician administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive the youngsters.
Mitchell, 33, is an eight-year veteran of the Plainfield Fire Division and has received several previous service awards, including two commendations from the City of Plainfield.
In 1969, he was awarded a meritorius service commendation from the city for a rescue performed on March 3, 1969 at 407 Park Ave., Plainfield.
Last year, he received a second city commendation and a Chamber of Commercesponsored Public Safety Award for the W. Third St. rescue.
Mitchell, who is also a member of the Plainfield Rescue Squad, has attended emergency care classes in New York, completed the emergency medical technician course, taught adult classes in Perth Amboy public schools, instructed water safety classes for the Red Cross, and assisted the Fire Prevention Bureau and Investigations Unit of the Plainfield Fire Division.
In addition, he has presented first aid and life saving demonstrations in city schools and at the fire division’s yearly open house program.