October 10, 2019
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
MARIETTA – On Monday, October 7, 2019, Marietta Fire Department’s Engine 55, C Shift was awarded the Medal of Valor at the Cobb Chamber’s annual event honoring the work of Cobb County's Public Safety personnel.
The Cobb Chamber’s annual Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast and Appreciation Week allows the community to pay tribute to all public safety personnel and recognize those men and women who have gone above and beyond in the line of duty.
On the night of September 5, 2018, the Engine 55 C-Shift (E55) was dispatched to a roll-over vehicle accident on South Cobb Drive near Cobb Parkway. E55 arrived to find one vehicle upside down off the roadway and in the woods, smoke and flames visible from the engine compartment and rear of the vehicle, and with a female occupant trapped inside the vehicle. The crew of E55 immediately deployed a hose line to suppress the fire and gain access to the trapped victim. While Engineer Molinaro provided an adequate supply of water, Lt. Marvin and Firefighter Walker gained access through the flames to the victim at great risk to their personal safety. The crew worked rapidly and ensured the victim was safely removed from the vehicle without further injury.
Once the victim was moved away from the vehicle, a Cobb Police Department Officer assisted E55 with moving the victim over traffic barriers for further treatment. The victim was treated by paramedics from Marietta Fire Department and transported by MetroAtlanta Ambulance to Cobb Hospital, where she was treated for burns and other injures. The victim was able to make full recovery.
The crew of Engine 55 showed significant courage and decisive action in this rescue effort. They are a fine example of the selfless dedication of members of the Marietta Fire Department, as well as the overall public safety community.