Bryan Firefighters Recognized For Life-Saving Effort


Bryan Fire Lt. Blake Barrentine and Operator Jonas Brooks were recognized last week by the Houston 100 Club for their life-saving efforts at a recent structure fire on Brown Street.

The men were dispatched to a reported structure fire on March 13 at 109 Brown Street. Dispatch orders included that an occupant was trapped inside the burning house.

Barrentine and Brooks responded to the fire at a single-story wood-framed home and found a man lying in the middle of the road. He appeared to be burned and was crawling back toward the house. The man said he was trying to rescue his father, who was still in the home.

As medics treated the man in the road, Barrentine and Brooks entered the home and found a victim near the bathroom window. They were able to remove him from the burning home through the window. He was treated for smoke inhalation and minor abrasions.

No fire personnel were injured during the rescue.

Fire Chief Michael Donoho said he is grateful for firefighters who are willing to risk their own lives to save others.

“They made the Bryan Fire Department shine with pride,” Donoho said.

The agency that recognized the Bryan firefighters last week, the Houston 100 Club, is a renowned group that formed in 1953 when 100 men, each contributing $100, wanted to help the families of Houston police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

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