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East Point Firefighters and crew members who rescued two children from a burning house fire last week, were recognized before the East Point City Council yesterday.

On November 26, East Point Fire Crews responded to a structure fire located at 2732 Valley View Drive. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and flames consuming the kitchen. Firefighters immediately entered the structure and performed a search and rescue which led to the discovery of two children, ages 12 and three in a bedroom.

Lieutenant Scott Thompson rescued the 12-year-old female who was unresponsive and not breathing. Lieutenant Cedric Chaney rescued the 3-year-old boy who was unresponsive with shallow breathing. Upon being removed from the structure, CPR was performed on the 12-year-old girl and her breathing resumed. Both children were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital’s Burn Unit.

East Point Fire Chief Rosemary R. Cloud called the firefighters’ efforts exemplary.

“It is times such as these when we are called to act swiftly and heroically that firefighters demonstrate the precision and skill of their training,” said Cloud. “At the forefront of what we do is the thought of preservation of life. To have saved the lives of two young children as our Firefighters did is a heroic effort that deserves the greatest recognition.”

Photo: Lt. Cedric Cheney, courtesy of WSB

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