Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, and Assemblyman Mike Spano, D-Yonkers, passed resolutions today honoring firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police departments for rescuing two men who were dangling from a broken scaffold at a Yonkers high rise March 4. The painters were hanging in safety harnesses 13 stories above the ground for more than an hour.
Members of the Yonkers Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit passed a safety line to the victims via a 14th floor window in the Nepperhan Avenue building. They spoke with the Spanish-speaking men during the rescue and conducted a medical assessment. Meanwhile, Giroux rappelled down the side of the 27-story structure to get to the men and transfer them to his safety harness — called a “pick-off.”
“I felt it was important to commend these individuals and publicly acknowledge those men from the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments for their outstanding dedication and unwavering courage, commitment, selfless dedication in the daily performance of their duties”, Spano said in a statement.
Stewart-Cousins said the rescue was “truly heroic.”
“And I am struck by how humble the firefighters and officers that we are honoring today have been in the aftermath of the rescue; not wanting to be called heroes and sharing recognition with their colleagues,” she said. “It shows how sincerely dedicated they are to serving the people of Yonkers, and for that, we thank them.”
Giroux and other first-responders who helped in the rescue were at the Capitol today, where they were recognized and applauded by members of the Assembly and Senate.
Firefighters from the following departments also helped with the rescue: Yonkers Battalion 1, Rescue 1, Ladder 71, Engine 303, Engine 304; Engine 306, Engine 309, Ladder 72, Battalion 2, Squad 11, Engine 312, Ladder 75 and the Special Operation Division. Members of the Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit also assisted.
This is Stewart-Cousins speaking on the floor of the Senate today: