Medal Of Valor: Ex-Chief John Curley - Rushes Into Deadly Fire To Attempt Daring Rescue

A former police chief became a part of the Bellmore Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. Because of that decision, he was able to help one family in a terrible fire.

Saving A Life

On November 12, 2012, there was a house fire with a person trapped inside. The first people to hear the call were former Chief John Curley, 45, and his son.

When they arrived at the scene, a man in the driveway told them his mom was stuck on the second floor in a bedroom. Curley later said it was the worst fire he had seen in his 20 years on the job.

No fire trucks were onsite yet, so Curley had to improvise. He took a file cabinet and put a broken wooden ladder on top to get to the room's window.

Since he did not have any of his firefighting equipment, he used his hands to break the window and get into the room. Black smoke came out of the window.

Even though he did not have any of his protective gear, he knew he needed to get in there to help. So he climbed into the room to reach the woman before the whole house went up in flames.

Bravery Honored

He located the man's mother lying on the floor, unconscious when he got inside. He picked her up and handed her out the window to his son, waiting on the ladder.

Curley's son gave her medical attention. They saved her life that day. But unfortunately, according to Curley, 93-year-old Evelyn Ross passed away eight months after the fire.

Curley was given the Medal of Valor for his brave actions in a ceremony at the White House. In the ceremony Attorney General Eric Holder said, "Hero is a word that we use too often in our society. But today, we are recognizing people who are real heroes."

Then vice-president Joe Biden said, "You're a rare breed. You are the best thing we have going for us."

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10 comments on “Medal Of Valor: Ex-Chief John Curley - Rushes Into Deadly Fire To Attempt Daring Rescue”

      1. does it have something to do with student financial aid??? that doesn't appear to be related to the discussion. All i know is Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) maybe the first "s" is "self"...

  1. What in this world would we Ever do Without our Police and All of the First Responders???!! What's with all of the B.S. with "defunding the police"??!!! Just like our military, None of them are paid enough at all for Always putting their lives on the line, day in and day out. Night in, night out! Pray for All of them!!

  2. I'm surprised you only had to GO BACK 10 YEARS to get a picture of biden (being assigned as the VP) to do something good (honoring someone's selfless bravery), instead of destroying all he touches for only 10% ("for the big guy.").

  3. Then why is Holder and Biden grabbing all the attention. Yet another opportunity for the Leftist media. Yes. this man is a hero. So, why not keeep the camera on him?

  4. This article claims the POTUS said there are too many called hero....I don't agree...I believe the USA is FULL OF HEROS of many kinds - it doesn't take a man running into a burning building to get someone out to be a hero. There are many mothers, fathers, teachers, doctors, nurses, telephone operators, and so very many other "ordinary citizens" who are heroes. We just don't realize how many situations require the responses of heroes...God Bless them ALL - don't forget too - CHILDREN can be heroes too - to each other and others in their community & world!!! Look a little bit & you'll see many!!!

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