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09-11-17 Chattanooga Firefighters Recognized with Governor's Certificate

Here is a portion of what Commissioner Purkey read out loud before presenting the certificate: "On November 21, 2016, a school bus carrying 37 K-5 students from Woodmore Elementary School crashed into a tree, killing six children and injuring many more. This incident drew national attention due to the tragic loss of life, and the coverage that followed related to the bus driver. What did not make the news were the heroic actions of Chattanooga firefighters. This was a very complicated extrication operation. The bus was partially wrapped around a large tree. In addition to the injured and deceased students, several were trapped in the twisted wreckage. It took the firefighters roughly two hours to free all of the victims. Even knowing the gravity of what they were dealing with, the firefighters fell back on their training and stayed focused until the job was done. As a result, many other children on that bus were saved due to the heroic actions of the firefighters, and the support they received from EMS and police."

Here is a list of all the firefighters who were involved in the fire department's response to the Woodmore Bus Crash:

Captain Keith Liles
Captain David Tallent
Captain Al Walker
Lt. Ronnie Goss,
FFE Keith Edgemon
FF Brandon Fryar
FF Charles Zinzer
FF Jeffery Bonner

Capt John Lehman
Capt Richie Taylor
Capt Al Walker
Capt Michael Montieth
Lt. Justin Vice
Lt. Ronnie Goss
Lt. Jonathan Higgins
FFS Terrance Watkins
FFE Keith Edgemon
FF William Crackel
FF Edgar Patton
FF Jeffery Bonner
Capt Keith Liles
Capt Will Andrews
Capt Travis Williams
B/C Nate Middlebrooks
FFS Avery Hubbard
Capt Dusty Rose
Capt David Tallent
B/C Chris Willmore
FF Brandon Fryar
Lt. Jason Rains
B/C Chris Warren
FF Charles Zinzer
Lt. Fred Edgemon

FFS Jack Thompson
FFE Engineer Andrew Womac

Three Stars Award

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