La Crosse firefighter honored for saving lives

Firefighter Honored for Saving Lives

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A La Crosse firefighter is being recognized for his bravery while saving the lives of multiple people earlier this month.

While responding to a house fire on Ferry Street on April 7th, Firefighter Brian Green of Engine 1 rescued two people who were stuck on the second floor.

After bringing one person down the ladder, Green climbed it again and removed the window frame to allow a second person to fit through before carrying her to safety.

"I think she was given up to the idea that she was going to get out, and that she was going to be in there and pass away, but that wasn't going to happen. Not when I was on shift, so it's not on my day," said Green.

Thursday, the department gave him the rare honor of an award for his exceptional performance.

"I prefer to be very quiet about things and humble, and I mean, I'm very humbled that I got this award, I was very taken off guard that they were going to do this for me," said Green. "I just did my job."

Green is a 19-year veteran of the department, and credits his fellow firefighters and his extensive training for the rescue.

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