SAFD honors firefighters with award ceremony

Natividad Rodriguez one of the honorees

The fire department honored 30 recent retirees, 29 promotees and handed out eight special  awards to firefighters who went above the call of a duty.

Natividad Rodriguez was one of those eight firefighters. He was injured back in April while fighting a 2–alarm fire at the Castlewood condos on Medical Drive.

Rodriguez was attempting to save a man trapped on the second floor when there was a problem with the ladder.

"I guess it was unhooked so it came down off the balcony as I was trying to rescue the man and I fell approximately 20 feet onto my back,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez suffered a C-6 fracture, broke his neck and three ribs.

“We never know what (we’ll) pull up to until we get there so we have to train for all types of incidents. As a firefighters it’s something I want to do,” Rodriguez said.

After three days in the hospital and several months recovering, Rodriguez returned to work in September.


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