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City Council to Honor Citizens and Police Officers Involved in Rescue from Burning Building

Redwood City, CA - June 16 , 2006 - This Monday evening, June 19th, 2006 at 7:00 pm, the City Council of Redwood City will publicly recognize and honor the heroic efforts of the community members and police officers who were involved in the rescue of a woman from her burning apartment. The City Council meets in City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of May 5th, 2006, when a fire started in a small apartment building at the intersection of Oak and King Street. Prior to the arrival of the Redwood City Fire Department, several community members came to the rescue of a woman who was trapped in the burning apartment. They were able to get inside and remove the woman to the front porch of the apartment unit, even as flames engulfed the apartment. Officers from the Redwood City Police Department arrived and worked with the neighbors to move the victim to a lawn area across the street. Once there, other neighbors and community members assisted with caring for the woman until the fire department arrived on the scene.

The City Council will present proclamations to the rescuers in appreciation for their bravery, and their willingness to get involved in assisting someone in great need. The community is invited to attend the Council meeting and join in honoring the courage and thoughtfulness of these valued community members and police officers. The Council meeting is also broadcast live on Comcast (channel 27) and RCN (channel 26) cable television systems.

Community safety tips, including precautions for apartment and other building owners, are available on the City’s website,, by clicking on “Hot Topics” and selecting “Community Safety Tips.” More information on fire prevention is available from the USFA at, or from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) at

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Steve Cavallero
Battalion Chief
Redwood City Fire Department

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