Andy Carbone takes fire safety very seriously. His neighbor – whom he rescued from her burning home – can attest to that.
On a chilly January evening, Carbone’s wife said she noticed a glow coming from their neighbor’s Farmingville home. Carbone, a former volunteer firefighter, saw flames igniting inside his neighbor’s house and sprung to action. Channeling nine years of experience – and a fireman’s instincts – Carbone immediately kicked down his neighbor’s door and ran into the burning home.
“As soon as I got onto the lawn I wasn’t thinking any longer,” Carbone said. “If you think you lose time and people lose their lives. It was just a matter of what I was trained over 8-9 years of being in the fire department.”
His neighbor, a 70-year-old, disabled and bedridden woman, was in immanent danger. The flames were engulfing the front of her home by the time Carbone kicked in the door and found her. He directed his 16-year-old daughter to retrieve the family’s fire extinguisher. Carbone snuffed out the flames with his canister, weakening the blaze long enough for local fire and police crews to arrive on the scene.
With their help, Carbone was able to safely pull his neighbor from her home.
“She was really in good spirits for a 70-year-old lady who thought she was going to lose her life,” Carbone said. “Thank God everything worked out well and it was a happy ending.”
Ken Daly, President of National Grid New York, presented Carbone with the Hometown Hero award at the Islanders-Flames game on Feb. 27.
“This situation shows true courage,” Daly said. “Andy’s training – knowing enough to call 911, his wife seeing something and saying something, having a fire extinguisher – but really being aware and taking care of his neighbors. For us, we’re just proud to have customers like Andy and it’s an honor to provide this award on behalf of National Grid.”
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