Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Great American - Great News Story!!!

From the NY Post:

"Firefighter Sean Cummins is receiving a bravery award today for a dramatic rescue he made last year while battling a stubborn Manhattan blaze.

But he can't be at the ceremony to accept it. He's busy fighting a war.

... Cummins will be honored at the FDNY's annual Medal Day, a City Hall ceremony lauding firefighters in several categories of service.

Seven months before heading overseas in April, Cummins rescue company responded to a raging inferno on the Upper West Side, where residents were trapped in a building on Amsterdam Avenue.

Cummins, 43, scaled a fire escape to a fifth-floor window that was belching thick, black smoke and bravely went inside, finding an 85-year-old woman who could not move on her own.

Cummins picked her up and brought her out to safety - then went straight back in with other firefighters to rescue more trapped residents.

Cummins, a 10-year FDNY veteran, joined the Army Reserves nearly 15 years ago.

The Irish immigrant became a U.S. citizen at around the same time, and wanted to make a contribution to his new country.

"I think he feels like he needs to be over there to do his part," Maureen Cummins said. "Even though he wasn't born here, this is his country and he's very proud of it."

He also took it personally when the city was attacked on Sept. 11.

For weeks, a frustrated Cummins, who has an 11-year-old son and 9-year-old twin daughters, split his time between digging through the Ground Zero rubble in search of friends and going to funerals.

Then, two months after 9/11, American Airlines Flight 587 crashed five blocks from his home in Belle Harbor.

Cummins, an airborne civil-affairs sergeant in the Army, is not expected to return for another year." (Read the whole story)

Immigrant, FDNY firefighter (Rescue 1) and on the front lines in Iraq defending his 'new' country...

Now, this the kind of immigration story I want to read about!!!

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