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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 20, 2013

***PRESS RELEASE***

FDNY FIREFIGHTER PETER G. DEMONTREUX AWARDED PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEDAL OF VALOR

FF Peter G. Demontreux

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Today at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to FDNY Firefighter Peter G. Demontreux of Ladder Company 132 in Brooklyn for rescuing two men from a fire on August 30, 2010 at 175 Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn.  Firefighter Demontreux was recognized along with 17 additional Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers from across the country.

“Firefighter Demontreux’s is truly deserving of this incredible honor and it serves a testament to the dedicated work performed by FDNY members every single day to keep New York City safe,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.  “The actions of those honored with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor are a stark reminder of the very real dangers all Firefighters and first responders face in service to the communities they protect.”

On June 8, 2011, Firefighter Demontreux of Ladder Company 132 in Brooklyn was awarded the New York City Fire Department’s prestigious James Gordon Bennett Medal, the highest medal awarded by the Department.  Firefighter Demontreux suffered burns to his face and back after walking through a room engulfed in flames to save a 51-year-old man on August 30, 2010.  After first rescuing a 60-year-old man hanging out a third-floor window at 175 Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn, Demontreux went inside the smoke-filled apartment, crawling on his hands and knees to a rear room, where he found the 51-year-old hanging out a back window.  Demontreux helped the man back toward the front, knowing it was their only means of escape.  After passing through a room now filled with flames, the two men were literally on fire when they arrived at the front window.  Other firefighters immediately turned a hose on them, putting out the flames on their clothes and bodies.  On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Firefighter Demontreux was again honored for his heroic actions with the Dr. Harry M. Archer Medal.

Background on the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor:
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, authorized by the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Including today’s awardees, a total of 78 medals have been presented since the first recipients were honored in 2003.

To receive the Medal of Valor, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies, recommended by the bipartisan Medal of Valor Review Board, and cited by the Attorney General. The Attorney General designated Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), to serve as the Federal point of contact for the Medal of Valor initiative. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), led by Director Denise E. O’Donnell, assists in overseeing the Medal of Valor initiative.

More information about the award, the Medal of Valor Review Board members, and the nomination process is available at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/medalofvalor.   

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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