Captain James “Chris” Kelaher & Firefighter Brett Bradshaw

Tucson Fire Department Captain Chris Kelaher and Firefighter Brett Bradshaw responded to a rescue alarm for a person stuck in a tree, pinned face down by a heavy limb nearly 30 feet in the air.

Due to the height, dangerous conditions, limited personnel on site, and surrounding power lines, aerial ladders could not get near to the person.

Captain Kelaher and Firefighter Bradshaw donned harnesses and climbed 35-foot raised ladders to scale the tree and assist the climber to safety.

Deputy Fire Marshal Ian Robinson

While off-duty Northwest Fire District Deputy Fire Marshal Ian Robinson witnessed the aftermath of a crash along I-10. Responding, he found three people injured, and one in critical condition.

DFM Robinson called for assistance and stabilized those injured until Tucson Fire Department arrived. His intervention while off- duty saved lives.

Award of Distinction 2019

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