Firefighter honored for actions during house fire

Quick work by a member of the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department has been credited for preventing possible serious injuries to a fellow firefighter in October.

During the recent Coffee With The Chiefs program, sponsored by Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Chief Shauwn Howell recognized firefighter Brody Channell for his actions during a house fire at 3320 S. Apple St., on the night of Oct. 19.

Lt. Gerry Garganeous said he had entered the house and began searching to see if there was anyone inside when his air supply ran out before he could leave the house.

Howell said Garganeous put out a “mayday” call on his radio, and Channell immediately entered the house, found Garganeous, and got him out within a minute.

Garganeous also credited other firefighters who “dropped what they were doing” and immediately responded to the call.

According to Howell, that list included Battalion Chief Tullis Rushing, Lt. James Hipp, engineers Quinton Wade, Eric Watts, Bryan Moore and Kevin Chapmon and firefighters Claude Cruthis, Frederick Batemon and Steven Adams.

Garganeous said that when Channell was asked about his actions, his only response was that he was “doing his job.”

Channell did not speak during the program.