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Kenmore police officer, firefighter recognized by Village Board for acts of heroism

Two Village of Kenmore first responders were commended at Tuesday's Village Board meeting for rushing into a burning home June 10 and rescuing the occupants

Volunteer firefighter Brendan Finn and police officer Joanne Davis were presented with the proclamations by Mayor Pat Mang for "exceptional bravery and heroism."

"We recognize the fact that you put your lives on the line every day," Mang said.

The woman and child were led to safety the morning of June 10, when fire broke out in the home at 24 North End Ave., between Delaware Avenue and Grammercy Place.

A recliner was found ablaze in the living room and dark smoke filled the home.  Flames were contained to the living room, while other areas of the house sustained smoke damage.

Finn, a 30-year firefighter, led the homeowner to safety, while Davis, a 7-year veteran of the department, searched for a boy on the second floor and led him outside to safety. No injuries were reported.

"I want to thank Officer Joanne Davis and Volunteer firefighter Brendan Finn for their heroic efforts on Wednesday morning that prevented a deadly tragedy at a fire on North End Avenue," Police Chief Peter J. Breitnauer said in a June 11 post on the department's Facebook page. "Neither wanted publicity or a big deal made of what they considered their duty as public servants of the Village of Kenmore. Their actions are to be commended and they are the reason that the Village of Kenmore emergency services are second to none. No where was it mentioned that they were on the scene within a minute of the call being dispatched....speaks volumes for our Village and the services provided. I thank you!"

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