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Ark. EMT, Paramedic Honored for Spotting House Fire

Pine Bluff Commercial, Ark.

Two employees of EASI (Emergency Ambulance Service Inc.) were honored this week for their actions following a residential fire on Dec. 1, 2018.

Paramedic Pamela Herron and EMT Heather Nash were presented certificates during the monthly Coffee with the Chiefs, sponsored by Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, on Tuesday. The certificates were recommended by Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Chief Edward Pinkins Jr.

According to a letter from Pinkins to Assistant Chief Ernest Jones, Herron and Nash were outside the main EASI Station on West 5th Avenue just before midnight when they saw heavy smoke and self-dispatched themselves to find the source.

Pinkins reported that the fire was at 620 S. Beech St., just a couple of blocks away from the EASI main station, and when firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke.

Firefighters began a defensive fast attack to knock down the fire quickly. It was then that Pinkins said he saw the ambulance with three patients inside. The ambulance had arrived before the first fire units.

The three, later identified as Roy Haltiwanger, 70, Beatrice Curry, 59, and Carrie Pace, 67, had been inside the structure but escaped shortly after the fire started. Pinkins said Curry and Pace had to assist Haltiwanger in getting out because one of his legs had been amputated; after determining that all three were fine, they took them to a relative's house.

The residence had no working smoke alarms.

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