JAMESTOWN – A municipal employee is being recognized for saving residents from a house fire in Jamestown last week.
During Monday night’s City Council Meeting, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist presented Department of Public Works employee Joseph Pollaro with an official proclamation for his heroic actions.
“I’m very honored and I thank everyone for all the good words I’ve heard since the fire,” Pollaro remarked. “I’m just glad I was there at the right time to put forth the effort to make something turn out well.”
Pollaro is credited with saving two residents from a burning building on the corner of Washington and West 7th Streets last Tuesday.
“On the 23rd, Joe was going by a burning building in his dump truck, saw the fire, and there were residents on the second floor screaming for help. He was instrumental in helping those individuals get out of the fire safely,” said Mayor Sundquist.
The proclamation honoring his efforts was approved unanimously by council members.
In the end, Pollaro is simply thankful that no one was seriously hurt.
“I never expected to run into anything like that. When you’re put in that position, your instincts just take over,” furthered Pollaro. “It’s great to know that two people got out of there with their lives intact.”