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    Albany, N.Y. – 05/19/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, paid tribute to a Brewster firefighter Ryan Blackwell on Monday afternoon for his prompt and heroic actions on September 14, 2013.

    Ryan Blackwell was officially recognized by the New York State Senate with a Senate Resolution for his heroism in rescuing a 54 year-old Bronx woman from a fatal apartment fire. He discovered her on the floor of a smoke-filled hallway after fighting to keep the fire from spreading.

    “Ryan Blackwell is a true hero. I commend him for his swift and heroic efforts that saved a woman’s life from a devastating fire. I was proud to bring this gentleman up to Albany to personally thank him for his quick response to the scene,” said Senator Greg Ball.

    “I am humbled to receive recognition from Senator Ball for doing what I consider to be my basic duty. As firefighters, we do what we do not for recognition, but to save lives. I am very proud and thankful for this huge honor,” said firefighter Ryan Blackwell of Brewster.

    Ryan, along with several other crew members, knocked down the door to enter the burning building when they realized the fire was moving from the kitchen into the hallway. After pushing the fire back into the kitchen with an extinguisher, he discovered the body of an unconscious woman while feeling his way down the hall. Ryan disregarded his own personal safety in order to remove the woman from harm’s way.

    Ryan realized his dream of following in his late father’s footsteps when he became a New York City firefighter. His father, Christopher Blackwell, a decorated member of FDNY Rescue 3, was killed during the events of September 11, 2001. Prior to joining the New  York  City  Fire  Department, Ryan was a volunteer firefighter with the Putnam Lake Fire Department.

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