PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence firefighter was honored Thursday for rescuing a man from his burning home earlier this summer.
The Providence City Council awarded firefighter Stanley Carmichael the Municipal Medal of Bravery for his heroic actions.
Carmichael was one of several firefighters who rushed to a home on Rhode Street back in July. When he got there, Carmichael saw a naked man standing on the second-floor balcony surrounded by heavy flames and smoke.
Without hesitation, Carmichael grabbed a ladder and made his way up to the balcony.
“There was very little time for error,” he explained. “The fire was blowing out behind the guy. He was pretty exhausted, it was hot behind him and there was nowhere else for him to go.”
The rescue was caught on camera by a neighbor. In the video, Carmichael was seen helping the man down the ladder to safety.
Providence City Council President John Igliozzi said the Municipal Medal of Bravery has been awarded seven times in the city’s history and was created to honor any city officer, firefighter, first responder or employee “for extraordinary acts of bravery or valor.”
Igliozzi said Carmichael’s actions that night “exemplify heroism.”
“We praise him for this incredible act of bravery that will not soon be forgotten,” he said.
Carmichael said this medal isn’t just for him. He believes it’s actually for the entire fire department.
“We work hard every day. We put other people first and their emergencies first,” he said. “So it feels good to get some recognition.”
Councilman Michael Correia said it’s that mindset that sets Carmichael apart.
“This bravery, integrity and humility is a shining representation of the work the men and women of the Providence Fire Department do every day to keep our city safe,” Correia said. “Carmichael not only saved the life of the victim he pulled from the burning building, he also saved the family, friends and community who would have suffered a great tragedy.”
Carmichael, who’s been a firefighter for more than nine years, said this rescue was a first for him. He’s thankful for the positive outcome and hopes the man is doing well.
“I’d like to meet him again, hopefully with some clothes on,” Carmichael said with a laugh.