Newport Township (PA) Firefighters Receive Commendations for Bravery During Fatal Fire

According to a report from Times Leader, three Newport Township (PA) Fire Department (NTFD) members were honored Monday evening for their attempts to rescue a 13-year-old girl from a Glen Lyon house fire in March.

NTFD firefighters Josh Bukofski, Nick Kowalski, and Dave Hoffman received commendations Monday night at a Newport Township commissioners meeting by Nanticoke Fire Department Chief Mark Boncal, who was working for the NTFD at the time of the fire.

At tonight’s Commisioners Meeting Asst Chief Dave Hoffman Capt Nick Kowalski, and Lt Josh Bukofski were presented Medals…

Posted by Newport Twp Fire Department on Monday, May 3, 2021


The fire occurred in the morning hours of March 18 after NTFD crews were dispatched to a fire with entrapment at the Glen Lyon home on North Market Street. The three members attempted to save Grace Miller, 13, from the home. However, Miller died a few days later from injuries she sustained in the fire.

Bukofski reported heavy fire on the first floor, and was able to obtain information that Miller was on the second floor.

Hoffman then arrived, who started working to contain the fire to the first floor while Bukofski searched for Miller. Kowalski helped Bukofski remove Miller, who was unconscious at the time, from the home.

Boncal presented Bukofski and Hoffman with a Medal of Honor, awarded to a firefighter who “performs an act of conspicuous heroism” in the face of intense personal risk. Kowalski received the Firefighter’s Cross, for performing an “act of bravery and stamina” in extreme fire conditions.

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