Commissioner Causey to honor Wendell firefighters with SAVE Award
By Jason Tyson
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor the live-saving actions of Wendell firefighters during a visit to Wendell’s Station No. 3 on Monday, April 18.
The commissioner will present a SAVE Awards to the department, which goes to individuals or organizations who go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.
On January 23, 2022, Wendell firefighters responded to a structure fire in a remote location on Allegro Rd. Upon arriving responders found heavy smoke showing and fire in a bedroom, and the home’s occupant outside, who relayed that fire alarms had awakened her to escape. The fire was later extinguished by the responders on site. The occupant and family credited smoke alarms firefighters had earlier installed and that were received from the NC Office of State Fire Marshal for saving the occupants' life.
The commissioner will also distribute surplus lines grant checks to three fire or rescue departments as he travels to Youngsville and Oxford on Monday afternoon.
These checks are the result of contributions made by Lloyd’s of London to help firefighters and rescue squads in North Carolina.
“Thanks to the great work of the Wendell firefighters for proactively installing alarms, an otherwise fatal fire was likely averted,” Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, said. “It is also an honor for me to personally be able to present these surplus lines checks to hard working units in Franklin and Granville counties. This money will help needy fire and rescue departments to better protect their communities.”