YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Fire Department held an awards ceremony to honor its firefighters for serving the community.
The department recognized 11 retiring firefighters Saturday evening.
A portion of the ceremony also highlighted three firefighters who saved one of their own, Captain Perry Harrison.
Harrison and his crew responded to the Powers Way fire last year that killed a 10-year-old girl and her grandparents. He fell through a flight of stairs into the burning basement.
Thanks to quick thinking from his crew, Harrison is alive today.
“I felt them grab my hand and I felt Firefighter Emory yell, ‘I’m not letting you go.’ That’s a sign of a true hero to me,” he said.
Harrison says he owes everything to his crew.