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Two Daytona Beach firefighters were recently presented with awards for a heroic rescue they made in September at Municipal Stadium.
Driver Engineer (DE) Scott Hughes and DE Jacob Otto were providing coverage for a sporting event at the stadium when a vehicle lost control and landed in a retention pond with occupants trapped inside. DE Otto responded and entered the murky water to render aid, without the aid of dive or water rescue equipment. The vehicle was mostly submerged with a person trapped against the rear windshield. He used a pocket knife to shatter the windshield and helped the person escape, sustaining injury to his left arm in the process. By this time, DE Hughes had entered the water and assisted him with bringing the victim to the shoreline.
For their heroic efforts, DE Hughes received a Distinguished Service Award and DE Otto was awarded the Medal of Valor from the Fire Department last week.