Wilmington Fire Department Announces Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year 2012

Posted on  02/20/2013 12:14 pm

LOCATION: Hotel du Pont
DATE: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Chief Anthony Goode is pleased to announce that the recipient for the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington’s Firefighter of the year is Firefighter Andrew Cavanaugh. Ffr. Cavanaugh will be honored at a dinner held tonight, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.

“On March 23, 2012, at approximately 11:08 a.m., Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and mutual aid departments were alerted for a working house fire in the Covered Bridge Farms development just outside the City of Newark. Upon arrival, the first engine reported smoke showing and began fire attack operations. Firefighter Cavanaugh was in the area and upon hearing the dispatch responded directly to the scene as a volunteer with the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company. Upon his arrival, he followed the first hand line in and found that a firefighter had fallen through a burned out section of the first floor and into the basement. Immediately Firefighter Cavanaugh transmitted a MAYDAY, ran to the engine to retrieve a roof ladder, reentered
the structure and placed the ladder through the hole and assisted the fallen firefighter out of the hole and to the exterior. Firefighter Cavanaugh was not injured and the firefighter that fell through the hole received only first degree burns to the inside of his leg and around his ears; he was subsequently treated at Christiana Emergency, released and was back to work that day.”


Firefighter Andrew Cavanaugh was appointed to the Wilmington Fire Department on February 5, 2010. He is a resident of the City of Wilmington and is a second generation member of the Wilmington Fire Department.

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