SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Red Cross of Western Massachusetts will honor Springfield Fire Department Lt. Brian Tredo as a hometown hero. One of the 7 hometown heroes the Red Cross will salute during the hometown heroes breakfast March 19th.
It was several days before Thanksgiving when Charlie Jones suffered burns in his sixth floor apartment at the Costello house in Springfield, home to disabled and elderly tenants. Lt. Brian Tredo and fellow firefighters, Jomar Casiano and Lamont Lawrence, helped Jones out of the apartment and into the smoked filled hallway.
“So I gave him my air mask and put it on him so we proceeded to get him downstairs and to get him into the ambulance,” said Tredo. “I walked over to the ambulance to get my mask, I came back and that’s when I collapsed.”
The 15 year veteran Springfield firefighter suffered a heart attack. His selfless action giving his air mask to the fire victim almost cost him his own life. Costello house tenant Wilbur Jones vividly remembers that day.
“Charlie must have weighed a good 250-300 pounds, carried him down those steps, I still don’t know how he carried him down those steps,” said Jones. “I think it was great, I think he saved the man’s life. The man’s out of sight!”
Lt. Tredo’s wife Jill is so proud of her husband for what he did that day, “He’s a hero every day for us, it’s not the first time he’s saved someone’s life. He’s a wonderful husband, he’s a wonderful father, and he’s a great family man.”
22News asks each hometown hero if they regard themselves as a hero. The answer is always the same.
“No, that’s our job, that’s what we do, all firefighters that were with me, they all did their jobs.”
Unfortunately Charlie Jones, the man whose life Lt. Tredo saved, passed away a few weeks ago.
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