Education Pay Off: Rookie’s First Day, Detailed To The Rescue, Catches a Job, Makes a Grab

Fall River rookie hits the fire service trifecta his first day at work.





Glenn Edington Jr. went to his first day at work probably a little nervous, a little excited and confident. Like any probie, Edington’s thoughts were no different that a probie anywhere else; don’t let me screw up. Friday last week, Edington graduated as part of Recruit Class 25. He showed up to his assigned company, Engine 3, on Monday night and was then detailed to Rescue 1.

Just before 2:00 a.m. companies were dispatched to 1157 Slade Street for an apartment fire. Firefighters were met with fire showing from the first floor as well as two police officers who had just rescued occupants from the third floor. Outside, the occupants told the firefighters of their 80-year old grandmother still trapped on the third floor. Edington, along with Firefighter Mark Medeiros and Lieutenant Matt Camara, moved into the structure.

“I was just trying to stick with my officer, Lt. Matt Camara, he said. I was listening to him and doing everything he told me to do. He is a great officer, so I didnt have to do anything except listen to him and do what he said and stay close.”

The three made their way to the third floor, searching and using a thermal imager. Finding a locked apartment door, they forced entry and moved in.

“We were searching. There was a small back bedroom, almost like a closet. The lieutenant told me to look. I scanned it and saw her and shouted to the lieutenant. Camara called to other fire companies for help and then the crew from Rescue One pulled the woman from the room to the stairwell. As they made their escape they were met on the stairs by other firefighters, who helped them get the woman to safety.”

80-year old Nancy Kenyon was transferred over to EMS personnel and transported to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

“Firefighter’s first day on the job puts his training to the test” Herald News
“Firefighter makes rescue on first day”, WWLP
“Fall River firefighter makes rescue on 1st day”, Boston.com


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Dave LeBlanc
Who Looks After The Victims?
Dave - I think the reason there is a debate is because the message is so contorted. From those that have chosen to manipulate the information to suit their position, the the ISFSI own website saying different things about what the tactics truly are. I agree 100% with giving everyone the information and letting them…
2014-11-20 22:06:56
Dave Skidmore
Who Looks After The Victims?
I'm glad you identified the "one issue no one is discussing, the lack of manpower on scene". My department runs a single apparatus, staffed with a minimum of 4 guys sometimes 5, with our second due being either our paid call or mutual aid - either option realistically being 10 plus minutes behind the first…
2014-11-19 22:01:40
Heath Smith
Who Looks After The Victims?
Great article Dave. I agree with your comment that "they became traditions because they work." And yes if you change the focus from life safety to your own safety how about holding a town meeting and letting those you swore to protect know whats going on, I am sure they will see your point!
2014-11-19 19:28:21
Ron Ayotte
Who Looks After The Victims?
Excellence as usual, Dave.
2014-11-19 03:39:35
Ron Ayotte
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David... excellent series.
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