Havelock firefighter, others honored for helping save child

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 05:36 PM.

As fire crews arrived, the front of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

"There was a lot of fire," Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli said. "There was heavy flame involvement. The whole front of the house was fully involved. The front two rooms of the house were fully involved with fire."

Winter went to the side of the house where a police officer and a worker from A&M Body Shop lifted him through a window. Winter couldn’t see with the heavy smoke but heard the child crying. He followed the sound and found the boy on a bed. He passed the young boy through the window to firefighter Megan Lashway, who carried him to an ambulance.

"The important thing here is that Charlie didn’t hesitate," Zaccardelli said. "He acted bravely. From the time the alarm went in until the time we had the baby in the back of the ambulance was nine minutes. That’s pretty impressive."

Havelock News reporter/photographer Drew C. Wilson captured the scene, and his pictures of the rescue played on a large screen as Winter received his medal.

"The first thing a fireman learns when they come in the fire service, your job is to save lives and to protect property, in that order, and that’s exactly what took place," Zaccardelli said.

Three A&M Body Shop workers, Chad Mattern, Chuck Waldow and Rick Ruder, were also honored with Public Expression of Gratitude proclamations from the city. They ran from the business to the home on nearby Pineview Street, with Mattern attempting to put out the fire with a pair of extinguishers. Waldow shut off the propane gas, tried to move the family van and also tried to get inside to save the child. Ruder also tried to get inside and moved various obstacles out of the way, clearing a path for firefighters.



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