Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2016 – On Monday, November 7, the Guelph Fire Department will recognize local residents Donie Fogarty and Rafael Ramirez for their bravery in helping to rescue an elderly couple from their burning home.
On September 23, shortly after 10 p.m., a fire broke out at a Northumberland Street home in Guelph’s downtown area. Neighbours, who noticed the blaze, called 911 and attempted to alert the homeowners that their house was on fire. With no response, Fogarty and Ramirez forced their way into the burning house.
Ramirez found a male resident and guided him outside. At that time, the resident told Ramirez that his wife was still inside the house and not able to get out. Fogarty went inside the front of the house to look for her. Confronted with thick smoke, he crouched on his hands and knees until he found her in the living room. Fogarty placed her on his shoulders and carried her outside to safety.
“We are recognizing Ramirez and Fogarty for their acts of bravery in assisting their fellow neighbours to safety from a house fire. Had they not initiated such actions, it is possible there could have been fatalities,” says Tony Sabatini, chief fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department. “We also want to remind everyone to call 911 and ensure their own safety before assisting anyone else.”
Bravery recognition ceremony
John Osborne, Fire Chief, Guelph Fire Department
Dave Elloway, Deputy Fire Chief, Guelph Fire Department
Tony Sabatini, Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Donie Fogarty, Guelph resident
Rafael Ramirez, Guelph resident
Clair Road Emergency Services Centre
160 Clair Road West, Guelph
Monday, November 7
For more information
Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2134