Firefighters honored for saving 6-year-old during fire

The fire house that responded to the New Years Day fire was recognized for their heroic efforts.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 9:59 PM
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019 8:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A little girl thanked the firefighters who saved her life earlier this month.

The fire house that responded to the New Years Day fire was recognized for their heroic efforts.

"I'm really grateful," said Brenda Walker.

Walker was working when she got the call her Taylor Street house caught fire and her 6-year-old daughter was still inside.

"All I could think was get home and get her out. There was nothing else I could think of, just get home and get her out," said Walker.

Firefighters got the girl out within two minutes of arriving on the scene.

She was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Tuesday, she was feeling better, running around Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's office.

"To listen to the dangers they put themselves through it just overwhelming. I'm so grateful to them for everything they've done," Walker said.

Firefighters from station one on that call were recognized by Mayor Henry Tuesday.

However, they said it was a team effort.

"Dispatchers had great information for us on the way there. We were fortunate to be able to get there quick and work hard, get lucky," said Capt. Rich Dolsen.

For him, it is also lucky to be able to check in on the girl.

"It's real nice when the outcome is good and you get to see the person recovering and you get to see them later and you get to check in on them. It's fun," said Dolsen.

Walker is encouraging everyone to learn from her experience and come up with a plan incase your home catches fire.

"We didn't have one. We just moved in the night before. We weren't ready," she said.

Firefighters from station 11 were also recognized for saving a man from a fire on Fox Avenue in December.

Chief Eric Lahey said firefighters are recognized every time a live is saved during a fire.

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