By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
MILLIVILLE, N.J. — The Fire Department of Millville is being honored for serving South Jersey for their excellence along with two individuals in particular. Firefighters Kevin Hall and Sumner Brian Lippincott are being recognized for helping a Cumberland County family escape from their burning apartment.
New Jersey Heartland promotes South Jersey and everything worthwhile in the area, this includes the people, too, and both Hall and Lippincott are what they consider New Jersey Heart Land Hero’s for the month of April.
Two certificates and light refreshments were served for the two firefighters and the Chief of the Fire Department even shared a few words to show how much confidence and faith he has in the two firefighters he had a hand in training.
“We train regularly, and I’m glad it was those two because they are two of my best firefighters,” said Fire Department Chief Lippincott. “I’m very proud of them, and the way everyone worked that night, but I’m especially proud of Brian and Kevin.”
It was Monday, April 4, when the call was made about a fire on 100 block of North High Street in Millville where the Hernandez family resided and was seeking a way of escape from their burning home. Both Hall and Lippincott needed to use a ladder to reach the window where the family was, and it was the first time doing a ladder rescue for both of them. The rescue was a successful one, first getting the children out of the apartment followed by the parents. Now the Hernandez family started a GoFundMe page for some assistance in acquiring a new home.
In order to put their bulky fire gear on to prepare to fight a fire, both Hall and Lippincott say it takes them less than two minutes to fully dress; they both also emphasize that it’s not just fighting the fire that they do, but a big part of their job is keeping the people they save calm while they work.
“The things that go through my mind is we have to make sure we get them out safely, let them know exactly what we’re doing, keep them calm,” said Firefighter Hall. “It’s almost second nature.”
On behalf of Cumberland County and Follow South Jersey, we send a special thank you to Firefighters Lippincott and Hall for serving South Jersey in excellence, please be encouraged to continue to be excellent.
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